Thursday, January 4, 2007



To write a biography, follow the steps below:

Read a sample biography.

Choose someone to write about.

You could write about an author, a movie star, a war hero, an athlete or even a family member.

Find out as much as you can about the person you’ve chosen. Read newspaper reports, encyclopedia articles and books. Conduct interviews if the person is someone you know. Use two or more sources to gather facts.

Take notes as you research.

Use an idea organizer to help you take notes.

Write a title.

The title could include the name of the person you’re writing about.

Write an introduction that grabs the reader’s attention and tells him or her who you’re writing about.

Write a paragraph that includes information about the person’s childhood. When was he or she born? Where did he or she grow up? Who did he or she look up to?

Write a paragraph that includes information about the person’s talents and accomplishments. What goals has this person achieved? Has this person ever faced a problem and overcome it?

Write a conclusion that includes your opinion about why it is important to learn about this person. What can we learn from this person’s accomplishments? How can the example of this person’s accomplishments help us to achieve our own dreams?

Once you have finished your paper, be sure to review your writing by using your checklist.

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