Middle School Biography

Biography Writing Class

Students will learn the different elements of biographies and will write a biography about a favorite person! This 4-week class includes a weekly 1-hour Zoom call, Google Classroom materials, & personal feedback.


8 students


Class Description: Biography Writing Class for Middle Grades

🔎 Lesson 1: A Day In the Life!

Students will learn the elements of biography stories. We will also discuss tips for finding high-quality sources and evaluating web sites for quality. Students will read aloud short biographies from Scholastic as a model.

🤩 Lesson 2: Who Is…?

Using the popular Who Is (Was)… book series, students will read and discuss important individuals and their contributions. We will discuss how to use strong quotes and lively language to captivate readers. Students will also learn tips for note-taking and paraphrasing information from sources. They will use a graphic organizer to compile their notes.

📑 Lesson 3: Get Inspired! Get Organized!

Students will transform their notes into a biography about an interesting person from history (or the present!). We will read Shark Lady: The True Story of how Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist and excerpts from other high-interest biographies.

📚 Lesson 4: Make a Bibliography

Students will create a bibliography in MLA format to show their sources. They will also complete a self-assessment of their rough drafts and edit the biography into a final draft.


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