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Students will discuss the definition of a biography and determine what elements it contains.  They will research a famous person and create a web graphic organizer with key achievements and personal information from their life. Peer feedback will be given on the web creation and then an oral presentation will be given.
Applied Science, Arts and Humanities, Career and Technical Education, English Language Arts, History, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social Science
Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
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B Manker
on Feb 25, 09:20pm Evaluation

Quality of Assessments: Superior (3)

Although the provided rubrics may be modified or edited to meet individual class needs, they are provided throughout the lesson allowing students the opportunity to grade themselves and others and for the teacher to provide feedback on this work.

B Manker
on Feb 25, 09:20pm Evaluation

Quality of Technological Interactivity: Limited (1)

Although there are several good websites for biographical information, they are written for adults and offer largely passive reading experiences. (Embedded video or audio files, hyperlinks, bold vocabulary words, and other helpful markers would benefit students.)

B Manker
on Feb 25, 09:20pm Evaluation

Opportunities for Deeper Learning: Strong (2)

Reflection and group discussion are two strong points of this lesson plan.

B Manker on Feb 25, 03:34pm

This activity presumes that students have a basic understanding of biographies. I disagree that (as written) this activity is appropriate for lower primary because they don't have the background knowledge for it. It may be appropriate to start this activity as a whole class (3-4 grades) and move to group/individual presentations at 5th grade.

Note that the note-taking sheet provides students with six boxes for a themes of a person's life. The Walt Whitman example includes "Early Life", "Early Career", "Newspaper Work", "Civil War", "Works", and "Later Years", which may steer some students toward similar/identical thinking when they brainstorm. Take into consideration the limited effect six boxes may have upon some students. They may also note that the photos of Walt Whitman are identical throughout his life, which makes him seem ageless (or consistently aged!).

Teachers may want to work with their classes to develop oral presentation rubrics, rather than use the provided PDFs.

There is a misspelling in the first slide for students, "persentation".




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