Our writing assignment this week is to create a biography.
Let's discover what a Biography is and how you can
each create one.
Submit your biography at the end of the week by using
the online form at:
HomeSchool Biography Assignment Form
Encarta Encyclopedia defines Biography as:
1. account of somebody’s life: an account of somebody’s
life, for example, in the form of a book, movie, or
television program, written or produced by another
2. biographies in general: books about people’s lives,
considered as a whole or as a type of literature
This tells us that a biography is a story about a
Can you write a biography about an animal? Or about
Will you choose a person, plant or animal to write
your biography about?
Many people feel that a biography must be about someone
of interest to warrent writting it.
What do you think? Could you write a valuable biography
about a boring person?
assignment this week is to write a 3 to 5 page biography.
Single spaced. You may choose the topic of the biography.
Remember we are not doing autobiographies this week
so it does need to be someone other than yourself.
To write a good biography you want to study your subject.
Learning as much as you can about the subject of your
Once you have decided on the subject of your biography
you will want to prepare a word document on your computer
to store the information. When you complete each new
part you will want to cut and paste your text into
the Biography Form.
Prepare a set of questions which you will seek to
answer, either by talking with the subject of your
biography or by research.
Some possible questions are:
- what makes the life of the subject of your biography
- what are the lessons best learned that others
should know about
- what culture is the subject part of
- what is the time period of the biography
- what do you feel about the subject of the biography
Now that you have determined the questions you will
explore, it is time to consult several different sources
in order to gather and develop both questions and
answers depending on your biography subject.
You will want to consult all of the following:
- A Book
If you can, find one or more printed book in the school
library which is devoted to your person. Scan this
to see if you can locate information which related
to the questions you are exploring. Enter findings
in your word processing file under the appropriate
- An Electronic Encyclopedia such as World Book
Do a keyword search (not topic search) for your person
and read more than the main article. See where they
are mentioned in other articles. Summarize key findings
and type them into your word processing file.
Once you have collected many good pieces of information
about your person, the next step is to combine those
pieces in such a way as to cast light upon your questions.
Have you been "recording" the information as you went
Have you been sorting your findings so they are lined
up under the questions you posed at the beginning?
Now that you have gathered your files . . .
Which information will help support new insights?
Which information has potential?
Which information will be thrown away?
Synthesizing is like moving puzzle pieces about until
a picture emerges.
Instead of cardboard pieces, you are moving ideas
Move forward to Telling the Story.
Some biographies present a long list of details and
facts strung out like pants, shirts and socks on a
Your job is to take the insights you created in the
previous section - Synthesis - and blend them together
into a series of well crafted paragraphs which tell
the really important stories.