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
How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
by Kathleen Krull
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parksby Faith Ringgold
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Manby David A. Adler
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteauby Jennifer Berne
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Oceanby Robert Burleigh
A Picture Book of Cesar Chavesby 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.
Alexander Graham Bell
Leonardo da Vinci
and his space pack
and a closer look of his breeches