Biography Unit- This biography unit is in a lap book format. These resources work well in an interactive notebook too.
I chose to have a few of my activities highlight 12 famous Americans, but they are certainly open and ready to be used with ANY biography.
Here’s a brief overview:
Please read page 4 for directions on how to assemble a lap book. I tried to be very clear!
-Use the “What Is A Biography?” mini-poster for building background. There is a QR code with a link to a site for researching famous Americans.
-You’ll need access to a QR code reader app and a mobile device to use them. This is a free app to download.
-I chose to focus this unit on the following skills: story elements and vocabulary of the biography genre, the legacy a person leaves behind, analyzing biographical characters and their unique traits, compare and contrast, research and note-taking, and speech writing for public presentations.
-The CCSS for grades 2-4 are at the bottom of this page for lesson planning purposes.
-I’ve included some of my favorite graphic organizers to use for the different skills in this unit. The thinkmarks can be used to reinforce looking for examples of character traits within the narrative of a biography during guided or independent reading.
-Use the blank trading cards for researching additional famous people.
-You may wish to use the lap book as an ongoing unit organizer, or as a culminating project. There are many creative possibilities!
-The blank Heroes Acrostic flap book works well with helping students solidify their thinking about the genre. Have them write one thing they learned about these famous Americans for each letter in the word HEROES.
-Use the other flap book to highlight the key points of one famous person’s life. Please be sure to provide proper background on what biography is. See pg. 6 for assistance.
The “Create Your Own Biography Mini poster” on pg. 20 is another option for research if you decide not to make this a lap book project, or use it as an additional activity.
**Have a Wax Museum planned for your class or a biography presentation? This is for you!
You’ll find materials to have your students research and write a speech in the voice of a famous person on pages 22-28. I’ve used this format for many years with my third graders for a Biography Museum Project/Presentation, and have had great success with it.
*The graphic organizers have broken the speech writing down into very manageable steps. Even your challenged writers will successfully be able to write a speech with it.
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