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Top 3 Reasons to Read and Write a Biography

TechnoBiography

In TechnoBiography, the newest technology project introduced by TechnoKids Inc., students select a notable person and learn how to write a biography. They are guided through the research process, learn how to write a personal history using headings, create a graphic organizer highlighting contributions, and showcase online artifacts related to the person.

But why is reading or writing about a famous or remarkable figure valuable?

biography technology project

In TechnoBiography, select a remarkable person, learn how to research, then write a biography.

1. A Biography Integrates Curriculum and Technology

An indepth investigation into a remarkable person can fit into almost all curriculum areas: language arts, history, social studies, science, art, or computer studies. Here are some ideas:

  • Write a Life Story: Practice expository writing. Write an engaging life story that offers insight into a person. Captivate reader’s attention.
  • Celebrate a Historical Figure: Develop a deeper understanding of a historical period. Research the contributions of a historical figure. Explain their importance to the past and influence on future events.
  • Acknowledge a Hero: Inspire others with the accomplishments of personal hero, role model, mentor, or newsmaker. Detail their successes and challenges. Outline reasons their efforts are admirable.
  • Investigate Scientific Contributions: Appreciate amazing research findings and inventions. Outline the path to discovery of a scientist. Explain how their work has improved the lives of others.
  • Appreciate the Arts: Learn about an art period or artistic style by studying a famous artist. Examine their artwork. Describe its meaning and how it influenced other artists.
  • Develop Word Processing Skills: Introduce advanced word processing skills in a computer studies course. Learn to customize styles, insert a table of contents, draw a graphic organizer, organize data using tables, adjust page layout, and add bookmarks.

2. A Biography Provides Inspiration

Reading about the real life story of a successful or remarkable person often influences, motivates, or provides encouragement. As students learn about the challenges that others have overcome, they can make connections to their own lives. They may recognize the hardships that a historical or contemporary figure has faced and relate them to their own struggles. The insight gained in studying a biography can include an affective, emotional component beyond curriculum objectives.

3. A Biography Teaches Life Lessons

Even though the practical skills learned in school – how to solve complex math problems, how to write an essay, or maybe even how to program a computer – are important skills for career, there are other critical lessons students need. Learning about the life story of a successful person can teach essential life skills, such as:

  • persevere to achieve goals
  • maintain a fair perspective and recognize other viewpoints
  • listen to learn from others
  • learn to be independent without relying on the opinion of peers
  • take personal responsibility and accountability for your choices and actions
  • develop a love of learning
  • deal with failure
  • be kind, helpful, and considerate of others

Learning from the real experience of others is a great tool to help young people grow into successful, contributing members of society.

New Biography Technology Project

biography technology project
TechnoBiography is an all-new technology project just released by TechnoKids. Elementary and middle school students select a remarkable person and write a biography. The activities, written for Google Docs and Microsoft Office, have students:

  • Analyze life events and artifacts
  • Summarize personal history using heading styles to organize facts
  • Create a graphic organizer of important contributions
  • Connect artifacts to additional information using links and a table

Write a Biography about a Remarkable Person

In the TechnoBiography technology project, students become biographers writing about a person’s life story using Google Docs or Microsoft Office. To start, they research a notable figure who has made a difference in the world. A brainstorming activity, guiding questions, and research organizer are provided to support learning.

Once familiar with events and achievements, students summarize a personal history using heading styles to organize events logically. Sample files provide inspiration. In addition, phrases are provided to help students join ideas when writing.

Detailed instructions help students to highlight contributions using a graphic organizer and showcase artifacts in a table with links. Sources of information are cited using a bibliography. Tips are included to assist students. Upon completion, the biography is shared with readers.

Integrate TechnoBiography into any Curriculum Unit

The activities in TechnoBiography 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
  • apply word processing skills to write a biography
biography technology project

Select a remarkable person. Learn how to research and write a biography. Share the biography as an Ebook.