Just open and teach your biography unit!! I did the planning and created the lessons for you! This follows the Teacher's College Mini Lesson format. Each day there is a teaching point, model, we try, and you try. The lessons are intended to be about 15 minutes long each day. Students then go off to try to strategy on their own. If you have a SMARTBOARD, you need this!
The teaching points for each day are as follows:
1. Biography readers show all they know about biography books by taking a pre-assessment.
2. Biography readers explore biography books by learning about a few different famous people and choosing a biography book club.
3. Biography readers pay attention to a biography book by asking, “Who is the subject?” and “What makes them important?”
4. Biography book readers pay close attention to the subject by asking themselves, “Where is the subject?” and, “What am I learning about them?”
5. Biography readers get to know the main character/subject of their book by asking themselves, “What does the subject want?” and, “What are the obstacles in the way from them getting it?”
6. Biography readers think deeper about their subjects by paying attention to the relationships they have and ask, “Who are the people in the subject’s life?” and, “How do they affect the subject?”
7. Biography readers synthesize what is happening in their subject’s life by asking themselves, “How does what is happening now connect with what I have learned before in their life?”
8. Biography readers synthesize and understand what is happening in their subject’s life by asking themselves, “How do the things that already happened in the subject’s life affect the decisions they will make?”
9. Biography readers think deeper about their subject’s achievements by asking themselves, “Is this a personal or societal achievement?” and, “What can I learn from their achievement?”
10. Biography readers learn how their subject overcomes their struggle by noticing how they get what they want.
11. Biography readers think deeper about their subject by looking at the choices they have made in life and asking, “What big things or decisions has my subject made in their life?”
12. Biography readers think deeper about their subject by asking themselves, “What precise or exact words would I use to describe my subject’s traits?”
13. Biography readers identify the social issue the subject is dealing with in their life by asking, “What is the problem the subject is having?” and, “What social issue in the world does this problem remind me of?”
14. Biography readers think deeper about their subject by creating a timeline of all the important milestones in their subject’s life and then looking for a pattern that tells us more about the subject.
15. Biography readers prepare to celebrate the biography unit by remembering all they have learned this unit about Thomas Jefferson and getting ready for their Thomas Jefferson Jeopardy game tomorrow.
16. Celebration – Biography readers celebrate this unit by playing a Thomas Jefferson Jeopardy game.