Biography Project

 

Name:_____________________________

Biography Project

Please read your book and complete the following 2 pages by Tuesday, Feb. 21st.

Book Title: ___________________________________________________________________

Author: ______________________________________________________________________

Number of chapters:  ___________     Number of pages: __________

1. Please draw a picture of your person here:

2. Internal and External Characteristics (due Tuesday, Feb. 21st)

Please describe your person’s internal and external characteristics.


 


 

Do you like this person?  Why or why not? __________________________________________

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How did they contribute to humanity?  What did they do?  What did they role model for other people?

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3. Biography Book Report (due Monday, Mar. 6th)

This book report is a detailed description of a biography which includes your opinions and impressions.  It describes the story of the person’s life, and especially the information that YOU think is the most interesting.  It should include:

  1. Basic information like where and when the person lived, and the timeline of their life.

  2. What your person did that made her or him famous.

  3. Interesting or unusual facts and stories about the person.

  4. What you learned about humanity from reading about your person.

  5. Why you chose to read and write about this person.

Please write a first draft of your book report in your composition notebook.  Your report should be at least five paragraphs long.  Pat  or Alex will then read your draft and ask you to make edits and changes.  Then you can write a final draft in cursive on lined paper.

 

4. Project Ideas (due Monday, Mar. 6th)

This is your chance to do something creative and inspired about your biography.  This project should take time and effort.  Be proud. Options:

  1. Create a timeline complete with pictures and explanations describing important events in your person’s life.

  2. Biography in a Box: Decorate a box to represent the book and fill it with objects that symbolize different aspects of the person’s life.

  3. If your biography takes place in a different country or time, create a travel brochure with pictures and descriptions of the interesting places your person traveled to.

  4. Write a song about the main character in the book and sing it to the class. You may change the words to a popular song or create your own.  The lyrics should be clever and relate closely to the events or characters in the story.

  5. If a journey was involved in your person’s life, draw a map with explanatory notes and pictures of significant places.

  6. Create a diorama of your favorite story in the book. Be prepared to describe the scene and tell us why it was your favorite, and how it was significant in your person’s life.

  7. Make a book jacket for your book. Include a cover picture for the front and write a synopsis for the back.  Be thoughtful about what you include in the cover illustration that also summarizes your person’s life.

  8. If you have a different idea, just ask a teacher if it is okay!

 

5. Presentation Guidelines (due Tuesday, Mar. 21st - our class / Thursday, Mar. 23rd - elementary)

  1. Dress up as your person and present your project as if it were YOUR OWN life.

  2. Begin with the title of your biography. Speak clearly, and look directly at your audience.

  3. Show the cover of the book.

  4. Summarize the main events of the book in 2-4 sentences.

  5. Tell an interesting, exciting story from your person’s life.

  6. Limit the presentation to about 5 minutes.  You should time yourself at least once beforehand so you have some sense of how much can be said in five minutes.

  7. Please use notecards that summarize your main points instead of reading from your paper.

  8. Show your project and describe how it portrays your person’s life.


6. Self-Evaluation (due Friday, Mar. 24th)

Thinking about your work on this project-- your choice of book, your understanding of the book, your report, your project, and your presentation, please answer the following questions using complete sentences:

1.  What was the hardest part of this project for you?

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2.  What are you the most proud of?

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Circle your response:

  1. Is your project beautiful?  (no) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (yes)

  2. Was your presentation clear and informative? (no) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (yes)

  3. Did you put effort and work into this project? (no) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (yes)

  4. Did you fulfill your potential in this work? (no) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (yes)

Teacher Comments and Feedback:

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