This mini-lesson can be used for introducing the genre of biographies to your students. The lesson includes a 5:00 minute timer embedded to allow your students to brainstorm their initial ideas about biographies. Then, you can take notes directly in this presentation with your class. The presentation then goes through key characteristics of biographies. The last slide could either be used as a quick exit-slip, or a group discussion with higher order thinking questions asking students to compare the biography genre with other genres.