Monday, February 10, 2014

Biography Writing Unit

We've completed our biography writing unit using the Fundamentals Writing Units of Study program. Our unit began by learning what a biography is and exploring this genre's features. We then dove into reading the following biographies:

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
by Kathleen Krull

If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks
by Faith Ringgold

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
by David A. Adler

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau
by Jennifer Berne

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Ocean
by Robert Burleigh

A Picture Book of Cesar Chaves
 by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler

After reading each biography, we created a bubble map about the biography. The title of the book was our main bubble and introduction, personal life, career, and conclusion were the categories radiating out from it. Students used their graphic organizers to develop rough copies. Their final copies were written on specially themed paper. For example, their Rosa Parks biographies were written on "bus booklets" and their Lou Gehrig biographies were written on baseball mitts.
During the unit, each student was assigned a famous person to write a biography book report about. At the end of the unit, we had a "Biography Publishing Party". Students dressed as their characters and shared read their biographies to the class.

Babe Ruth

Florence Nightengale

Alexander Graham Bell

Abraham Lincoln

Albert Einstein

Leonardo da Vinci
Betsy Ross
Walt Disney

Theodore Roosevelt

Neil Armstrong...

and his space pack

Ben Franklin...
and a closer look of his breeches

Helen Keller


Thomas Edison
My biography writing unit, including graphic organizers and themed paper for the biographies we read, the biography book report directions, and a biography report grading rubric, is available at my TPT store.

   Happy learning!


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