(Note: the ideas used on this page were copied and pasted from the links presented. Not all quotations have been noted as they should be, but Mrs. Schlechter does not claim any of these ideas as her own. My words are in blue.)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oweyziyv2ZQ Create Take Away Windows for reflections as we go through this video.

"To write a biography you should:

  1. Select a person you are interested in
  2. Find out the basic facts of the person's life. Start with the encyclopedia and almanac.
  3. Think about what else you would like to know about the person, and what parts of the life you want to write most about."

The above ideas were taken from:
http://www.infoplease.com/homework/wsbiography.html Read more here for how to get started.

And another source:

http://homeworktips.about.com/od/biography/a/bio.htm Skim through these tips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLcikwU_ODw video about how grown-ups would look at a biography project. Assignment: write the back cover for your biography for a warm-up after you complete research and attached your research to our outline below. Due tomorrow.

Now, go back to your notes. Label each of your facts that you have collected with one of these headings from "Basic details include."

(I should have had you create an outline prior to this, but due to time, we will use the bulleted list below as our outline.)

If you do not have enough in one section, you need to do more research. "Enough" for this project would be 3-5 different facts for minimum of five of these outlined ideas. Due tomorrow.

Basic details include:
  • Date and place of birth and death
  • Family information
  • Lifetime accomplishments
  • Did he or she overcome obstacles? Take risks? Get lucky?
  • Major events of life or What events shaped or changed this person's life?
  • What makes this person special or interesting?
  • What kind of effect did he or she have on the world? other people?
  • What are the adjectives you would most use to describe the person?
  • What examples from their life illustrate those qualities?
  • Would the world be better or worse if this person hadn't lived? How and why?

Did you follow a format similar to this below when recording your resources?


Include everything. For each note you will need to record:
  • Author's name
  • Title of reference (book, article, interview, etc.)
  • Reference publication information, to include publisher, date, place, year, issue, volume.
  • Page number
  • Your own personal comments

You should have a page that lists all the sources you used in alphabetical order. This is called a "Works Cited" page.

Your rough draft of your 5-7 paragraph essay is due in two days if you have been researching and working at a level 4 for yourself. Conferencing will take place when rough drafts have been written. Final drafts will be due next week. Final drafts can be handwritten neatly or typed. Double-spaced with accepted font by teacher using 12 or 14 pt. font size.