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Biography and Autobiography for Intensive Reading
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:08:10 PM »
Biography and autobiography is a genre that can sometimes easily be neglected in ESL/EFL classrooms. However, biographies and autobiographies are not only engaging and provide students with meaningful reading materials, but can be very motivational as well. By reading the hardships and experience of influential figures, students may be motivated not just academically, but mentally and spiritually.
Additionally, biographies on famous and historical figures will enhance studentís background knowledge. Students are exposed to cultural conventions, history background, important historical events in their reading. The information acquired by reading biographies can be applied in their future academic writing.

This blog offers many resources for teaching biographies in your reading class:

This is a lesson plan for 3-5 graders. It teaches students how to get the most out of their reading while introducing them to this nonfiction genre. You will expose your students to a wide variety of biographies while guiding them toward choosing one person of interest they will research further.

This is a lesson plan for 6-8 graders or high school students in EFL context. In this lesson for biography project, it requires reading comprehension, writing production, and oral production.
Set the stage for high-interest reading with a purpose through a biography project. Students work together to generate questions they would like to answer about several well-known people, then each student chooses one of these and finds information by reading a biography from the library and doing Internet research. Students create a graphic organizer (a web) to organize the facts they have found and share what they have learned about their subjects through oral presentations. Students evaluate themselves and their classmates by using a rubric during the research and graphic organizer-creation process and by giving written feedback on one another's presentations.