Writing a Biography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Would your students know the difference between a biography and an autobiography? A video lesson makes this distinction, while a second one equips students with the necessary skills for composing a short biography of their own. Suggestions for further study are included in the form of related lessons and activities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'biography'
  • identify the literary elements within biographical writing
  • apply the narrative writing style

Length

  • 30 minutes to 1 hour for the lesson instruction
  • At least two weeks for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.5

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 9-10 here.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.7

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.8

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