This student question packet can be used during a biography genre study to guide students in thinking critically about the people they are reading about in their biographies. These higher-level questions are aimed to get students to move beyond basic comprehension to think further about the importance and significance of the life of the subject of their biography. Once students have responded to the questions, they can use the structure of the packet as an outline or scaffold for a 5-paragraph essay biography report. All they will need is to add topic and concluding sentences to the information they have already recorded on the pages in the packet.
In my third grade classroom, we use this packet to provide structure and guidance during our biography genre study. We teach within a workshop model, using Lucy Calkins' curriculum, and we have found that students often benefit from further scaffolding to better reflect on their reading. Students select a just-right level biography that interests them, and as they read, they answer questions in the packet. I often teach mini-lessons using the packet as a guide with a read-aloud biography. Students benefit from watching my thinking modeled as I answer the questions in the packet after having read aloud a section of text.