Biography Research and Topic Acquisition

This lesson asks students to develop a topic for a biography project and cultivate research skills based on library resources. Please note this lesson needs to be done in the library and support from the librarian would be useful. This lesson is appropriate for teaching the research process as well as exploring biographies. The students learn how to use the library effectively and discern what information is useful for the activity. Also, this lesson involves an interactive game to engage reluctant students.


Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0501.4.2
Collect, organize, determine reliability, and use information researched.
GLE 0501.8.2
Experience various literary genres, including fiction and nonfiction, poetry, drama, chapter books, biography/autobiography, short stories, folk tales, myths,...
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Learning objectives: 
  • Students will be able to define biography topic - a person who has made an impact on the world.
  • Students will be able to find research materials and practice strategies for obtaining and using information from resources.

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints

Materials & Sources:

  • reference materials in the library
  • personal biographies examples
  • volume sets such as "Current Biography," "Newsmakers," "Contemporary Musicians"
  • anticipatory set Trivia
  • stations scavenger hunt - questions to use and practice strategies for searching