Writing a Biography
by Teill Dean
A First Grade Writing Unit
Read a biography and talk about the perspective it is written in. The author is an “expert” in the subject he is writing about. How does an author become an “expert” about a person?
Read another biography. Talk about how this author became an “expert” about another person. Discuss what newspaper reporters do and how they interview someone to get a story to write about. Brainstorm and write 10 interview questions to ask someone in your class.
Read another biography. Have the students wrote 5 more interview questions on their own. Talk about some of the questions they students have written.
Interview Day! Have the students get into groups and hold interviews. Remember to write down the answers.
Days 5 and 6:
Write a biography about the person you interviewed.
Share the biographies!