Biography Writing! Students interview their peers to make their very own fold-able Biography Booklet! They will practice the use of Text Features! A great Get-To-Know-You Project!
I used this project with my 6th graders after completing an expository writing unit. It would also work great as an assessment after a text feature unit! My students loved being able to work with a partner during the interview process. The class did a Biography Swap at the end of the unit in order to share their “published” work.
I taught a lesson on biographies and their text features. I used biographies from the library to show students what the front and back covers included, as well made my own “Biography Booklet” to show them what their finished product may look like.
I made the Interview Questions into a packet. Then I went over the Peer Biography Project Checklist and the Interview Questions. I also gave them ideas for the Create-Your-Own-Questions section.
Next, I assigned partners. I tried to pair students who did not know each other very well so that they could actually learn something new about their peer!
Once the students had partners, they created four questions of their own to go along with the premade interview questions. Then they began the interview process. Middle schoolers love talking, especially about themselves, so they really enjoyed the interview process!
After they completed the Interview Questions, I had students begin a rough draft on notebook paper so that I could check it before they began their final copy on the Lined Booklet Paper that you will find near the end of the bundle.
To make the Biography Booklet, simply fold the paper down the middle then used construction paper or card stock to create the cover. Then you can either staple the creased area to create a “binding” or hole-punch it then thread through yarn! I suggest that students create the booklet BEFORE writing their final copy so the pages remain in the proper order. Have fun!
Common Core Standards:
ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2, ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4, ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2, ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4, ELA-LITERACY.W.7.4