Is your class studying the Revolutionary War? I’ve taught biographies with my third graders for many years, and it has become one of my favorite genres.These Revolutionary War resources work well in an interactive notebook too. I chose to have these Revolutionary War activities highlight 5 famous Americans during the Revolutionary War, but can used with other famous people.
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.
-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.
-All five of the trading cards have a QR code to scan. Each website is kid-friendly to assist them with research. Use the blank trading cards for additional famous revolutionary patriots
-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 PATRIOTS 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 PATRIOTS.
-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. 16 and Timeline on pg. 17 are options for research if you decide not to make this a lap book project, or use it as an additional activity
I’ve included a list of suggested children’s books on pg. 18.
NEW! There are 6 full color Revolutionary hero headbands. They work well when performing in the voice of the revolutionary hero.
NEW! The biography speech organizer is a tool I’ve used for students to write a speech in the voice of famous person. It is broken down into easy and manageable steps, so even challenged writers will be able to access it with success.
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