Guide students through the structure and elements included in biography writing.
No More Wondering What to Write & How
Biographies are a difficult text type for students to learn to write.
But with this biography writing template, your students will be able to expertly write and even analyze the necessary parts of a biography. Students gather the relevant information and arrange it in the appropriate place on the worksheet:
Birth & death dates/locations
Family information—Who was important in their lives?
Lifetime accomplishments—What kind of work did they do?
Major events in life—Marriages, children, education, awards, etc.
Impact on society—What did they do in their life that gained them notoriety?
Through completing this activity, students demonstrate their ability to develop a topic, gather relevant information, and paraphrase the information avoiding plagiarism.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
In addition to individual student work time, use this English Language Arts activity as an in-class or homework assignment for:
- Personal & Family History
- American History
- Biography Writing
- Black History Month
- Women’s History Month
Additionally, students who need more support with these concepts would benefit from completing this worksheet in a 1:1 setting or guided writing group.
How to Prepare This Resource
You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.
Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
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Use research and creative writing skills to design a social media profile for fiction or nonfiction persons.
Use this multipurpose timeline template for a variety of assignments, projects, and more!