Before students actually read the text of a biography, they need to understand the all the text features of the biography such as titles, subtitles, charts, maps, etc.. By studying the text features, they naturally make predictions of what they may read and gather facts about the time period and what was going on in the world. As students begin to read the information, they gain a better understanding of the information. Today, I'm going to share 6 points students need to look for as they read biographies.
Text Elements of a Biography:1. What special characteristics does the person have? ex. Martin Luther King - brave, caring, leader, persistent...
2. What makes the person special or interesting? And, what do I already know about this person that I feel are worthwhile? I know that President Lincoln was the assassinated while in office.
5. Did this person have an effect on the world or other people? Benjamin Franklin had an impact on the world through his life as a politician and inventor.
6. Is the world a better place because of this person? This is a time of reflection on the person's life and a checklist of close reading.
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