What's in a Biography?

Reinforce research skills, close reading, teamwork, and biographical writing skills with one collaborative lesson. Groups create slide shows detailing the elements of a biography through a presentation on a famous American person. Based on their groups' presentations, individuals then write a biography report showcasing the person their groups chose.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Set up project groups before beginning the lesson
  • Gather a list of famous American people ahead of time
Classroom Considerations
  • Reserve time in the computer lab in order for individuals to access the Internet
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The resource comes in document form for easy editing
  • Promotes a collaborative learning experience
Cons
  • Rubric is mentioned but not included
Common Core