Students are often asked to write a biography. The assignment might be made in Language Arts, but it could just as easily come from the Social Studies, Science, or even Math teacher. It is one of the literary modes that ties all subject areas together. However, students often lack a blueprint for developing this literary genre. This packet provides that blueprint.
The information sheet defines and explains “Biography”, highlighting qualities of a good biography with examples of good and less effective writing. The sheet could be used as an overhead but is most valuable as a handout to be read and discussed in class.
John Colter Biography
Students should each receive a copy of the biography of John Colter. It should be read carefully before distributing the biography note sheet. The handout includes a brief bibliography that contains an example for a book, an encyclopedia, and an internet article, the three most common resources used by students.
Biography Note Sheet
Students will use the 2-page biography note sheet to take notes from the Colter biography. This gives them the opportunity to isolate the details of a subject’s life. The note sheets should then be reviewed in class.
A biography assignment can now be made for any subject area. Blank biography note sheets should be distributed as a tool for recording notes on the subject. Be sure to collect the note sheets with the biography. This will ensure that students at least digest the information about the subject instead of just copying it. It would also be wise to require at least three sources for the material.
The note sheets can also be used as interview sheets if you wish to assign a biography written about someone the student knows like a grandparent or other adult in their lives. No directions are given on the note sheets to allow total flexibility to the assigning teacher.
Biography - Write On! is another useful addition to our Write On! series, an organizational approach to critical writing preparation. See the complete list on our"other work by" page. From CK Teaching Aids, of course.