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Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation

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Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Nine 50-minute sessions
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Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California

Kathleen Benson Quinn

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


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Brenda Hayes

February 05, 2018

Thank you for this lesson series! We are a homeschooling family and this provides a framework to support and focus our biographical assignments.



November 10, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas, I will certainly try them out.

I wanted to add a couple more ideas. The first one is to add a further section to the list of items that students must include, which is: A summary of the things that one can learn from this person, their life and experiences. It helps students really apply the insights into their own lives. They could be asked how they would implement some positive ideas into their own lives.

Also, it might be fun for students to write a small two minute speech as if they were the person they researched and present it to the class. It helps students find a voice in their own reading as well as writing. They may also try to dress and really act the part. This could be incorporated with drama as well.

Once again, thank you for sharing! :)



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