Item Number: INT-BIOGRAPHY
Technology Integration: History, Language Arts, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Graphics, Word Processing
Program: Google, Google Docs, Google Drawings, Office 365 Online, PowerPoint Online, Word Online
Biography Lesson Plans, Google Docs or Microsoft Office Lessons for Grades 6-12, Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Extension Activities
Handouts and Assessment Tools: Biography Parent Letter, Biography Certificate, Biography Skill Summary, Research Checklist, Research Marking Sheet, Biography Story Checklist, Biography Marking Sheet
Templates and Sample Biographies: Organizer Template, John Glenn, Emily Carr, Winston Churchill
Assignment 1: What is a Biography?
Understand the role of a biographer. Study sample biographies.
Assignment 2: Brainstorm a Topic
Brainstorm a topic for a biography. Select a notable person.
Assignment 3: Research using Tertiary Sources
Research basic facts using an encyclopedia. Record information using an organizer.
Assignment 4: Research using Secondary Sources
Research using secondary sources to gain an understanding of the person's life.
Assignment 5: Research using Primary Sources
Collect artifacts connected to the person. Analyze artifacts to draw conclusions.
Assignment 6: Research Checklist
Complete a research checklist to confirm readiness to write biography.
Assignment 7: Create a Title Page
Create a title page for the biography.
Assignment 8: Set the Document Structure using Styles
Set document structure with heading styles. In Docs, customize styles, insert table of contents.
Assignment 9: Write a Personal History
Write a personal history. Summarize the person's life, family, education, and career.
Assignment 10: Make Graphic Organizer of Contributions
Make a graphic organizer of accomplishments. Explain their importance.
Assignment 11: Design a Media Gallery using a Table
Design a media gallery of artifacts using a table. Describe the connection to the person.
Assignment 12: Cite Sources in a Bibliography
Cite sources of information in a bibliography. Tips help to format sources.
Assignment 13: Biography Checklist
Complete a biography checklist. Edit the document based on the assessment.
Assignment 14: Invite Readers to Read the eBook
Share biography with readers as an eBook. Use questions to make a connection to the person.
Optional Biography Activities for Google Docs/Microsoft Office
- Screen Capture an Image: Take a picture of a video clip.
- Customize Page Layout: Adjust margins, insert headers/footers and more.
- Connect to Artifacts using a Bookmark: Insert a link to an artifact.
- Make a Bumper Sticker: Make a saying or quote based on the person's life.
- Create a School Award: Design a certificate of recognition.