During a unit I did with my fourth graders, we read many short stories that were biographies. Along with these stories I had my students work on a biography project themselves. My students had a lot of fun with this project as they learned much about their families and were able to share this information with their classmates.
The project includes three parts.
1. The interview, I have done most of the questions for the students. There are two at the end they need to invent.
2. The paper; it is a 5 paragraph essay which includes an outline of every paragraph for the students.
3. Rubrics; there is a rubric for the paper that the students will turn in. Also, if desired there is a rubric for a speech that the students can make after writing their paper.