How to Write a Biography: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:00 What is a Biography?
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  • 2:13 Continuing with the Biography
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Instructor: Mel Green

Mel has taught elementary, special education and high school english. She has a master's degree in education.

A biography is a piece of writing that tells the true story of another person's life. In this lesson, we will learn how to write a biography using facts about a famous person.

What Is a Biography?

A biography is an account of a person's life written by someone else. It should not be confused with an autobiography, which is a person's own account of their life, written by him or her.

To write a good biography, you'll need to take notes about the person you are writing about. That'll mean reading a few books about the person, or interviewing your subject if he or she is someone you know. You'll need information on the following:

  • Early life
  • Childhood
  • Adulthood
  • Hometown/country
  • Path to fame
  • Current life (if they're still alive)
  • Later life (if they're no longer alive)
  • Your feelings about the person

You'll use these notes as the basis for your biography, but you'll need to know how to put them into paragraph form.

Writing the Biography

A paragraph will often begin with a topic sentence that signals the main idea to your readers. You don't have to begin with a topic sentence, but you'll need to make sure you have one somewhere in the paragraph. The final sentence of your paragraph should signal to readers that you're done talking about that topic, and the sentences in between provide facts.

The first paragraph, or introduction, is very important when writing any essay. Without an introduction, your readers will have no idea what you are writing about! A good introduction should grab readers' attention, as you'll want to encourage them to read all the way to the end. To introduce your subject, you'll need to briefly explain whom it is you are writing about.

Let's look at an example of an introduction about Usain Bolt:

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With this introduction, did you notice the use of the rhetorical question, or a question that doesn't need an answer, in the first sentence? See how the question about how Usain Bolt got his nickname works to engage readers right off the bat? The next sentence is the topic sentence, which signals to readers who the author is writing about.

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