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.
Biography Lesson Plans
Celebrate Contributions
Analyze Primary Sources
Advanced Word Processsing Skills

Biography Lesson Plans using Google Docs or Microsoft Office

In TechnoBiography, students become biographers. They write a biography about a notable person. The biography integrate into curriculum and can be included into language arts, history, social studies, science, art, or computer studies. Students can celebrate a historical figure, acknowledge a hero, investigate scientific discoveries, or appreciate the arts while developing word processing skills.

  • Conduct research using a variety of sources
  • Collect artifacts and interpret their meaning
  • Organize notes in a logical order
  • Analyze life events to draw conclusions
  • Explain the importance of a person
  • Cite sources in a bibliography
  • Use styles to layout document structure
  • Highlight contributions in a graphic organizer
  • Connect artifacts with links using a table
  • Share biography and reflect on the person's life

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Students become biographers writing about a person’s life story. To start, they research a notable figure who has made a difference in the world. Once familiar with events and achievements, students summarize a personal history using heading styles to organize events logically. Contributions are highlighted using a graphic organizer. To help readers connect with the person, artifacts with links to additional information are arranged in a table. Sources of information are cited using a bibliography. Upon completion, the biography is shared with readers. Extension activities for biography lesson plans challenge students to customize page layout or create awards of distinction.

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