Social Justice Activists: Biography Genre Study- Distance Learning

Grade Levels
5th - 9th, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • PDF (120 pages)
  • Internet Activities
  • Google Apps™
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This engaging, NO PREP, unit is perfect for teaching biographies to middle school (and even high school) students. It's designed with PRINT and editable DIGITAL resources, allowing it to be used seamlessly both in person and remote learning environments. .

This unit contains 5 original biographies focusing on social justice activists. This unit contains...

  • An Introduction to Biography Genre SLIDES presentation which addresses the following concepts:
    • What is a biography?
    • What are the common elements of a biography?
    • Why do we read biographies?

  • Five biographies, presented in both an interactive digital format as well as in a print format.
  • Reflective questions for students to test their knowledge
  • Self-correcting Google form quizzes (as well as in a print format)
  • Comprehension Activity pages including: biography graphic organizer, vocabulary work, main message, cause/effect
  • Student Response sheets designed to prompt students to think beyond the text.
    • The digital version of Student Response sheets contain sentence stems to help students who may need a little extra help.

This unit is perfect as a 2-3 week genre study. Alternatively, each biography can be taught as a standalone, 2-3 day lesson.

(Great for substitute plans!)

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Total Pages
120 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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