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To understand the features of biographies and to try writing a short biography of your own.
This lesson includes:
A biography is a non-fiction story about someone's life.
Biographies are true stories, based on fact , so biographers (the people who write biographies) have to do a lot of research . They use websites, letters, photographs, diaries and newspapers to help them.
Because biographies are written by someone else, they are written in the third person ( he / she / they ).
They are usually written in chronological order (the order in which events actually happened).
For example, watch this clip. It gives a biography of the scientist Marie Curie.
Even though biographers do lots of research, they can only guess at what it was like to be that person, or the thoughts and feelings the person had.
If the person they want to write about, or anyone who knew them, is still alive, biographers sometimes carry out an interview to ask lots of questions about the person's life.
Here's another biography of a scientist, this time Professor Stephen Hawking.
Often biographies are about people who are famous because of something they have done. Scientists, artists, sports stars or world leaders often have biographies written about them.
But you don't have to be famous to have a biography written about you. You just need to have a life story that someone else could find interesting or want to find out about.
People in the future will be interested in lives being led right now!
You will need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.
Biographies should be based on fact. How many facts do you remember about the biographies of Marie Curie and Stephen Hawking? Try this true or false quiz to find out!
The video clip biography of Marie Curie tells you a lot about her - but there's still more to find out!
Click on the image to the right to see a fact sheet that contains extra information about Marie Curie.
Using what you know from the video and the new facts in the sheet, write a biographical paragraph (around 8 sentences) about Marie Curie's life that begins with these words:
Marie Curie changed the world in important ways...
Remember, biographies should be written in chronological order and in the third person .
Use time prepositions to help you order your writing, for example:
next , afterwards , later , during , until
Is there anything else you’d still like to know about Marie Curie? Write down your questions. For example:
What kind of person was she?
Look online or in information books to find out the answers to your questions.
Ask for help from an adult when looking online so you can find the information you need most effectively.
Time to become a biographer! Write a short biography of someone you are interested in .
It could be a famous person from history, a sports star, a scientist or an artist. It could even be your favourite TV star!
1. Make a list of questions. Aim for at least eight .
2. Look for information in books or online.
3. Write up your biography. Aim to write about three to five paragraphs (200 to 300 words in total).
You could use subheadings like ‘Early years’ or ‘Achievements’ to split up information.
Don’t forget to write in the third person, in chronological order and to stick to the facts!
You could illustrate the biography with your own drawings when you’ve finished.
In this lesson you have learned about biographies and tried writing a short biography of your own.
To learn more about non-fiction writing, take a look at:
How to write a recount
What are fiction and non-fiction?
You could also learn about more famous and inspirational people by looking at Bitesize History .
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What are biography and autobiography?
A biography is a text written about someone else's life (usually someone famous). An autobiography is a text written about one's own life .
Children in Year 6 may be taught the unit: 'Biography and Autobiography' as suggested in the Primary Literacy Framework.
Features of biographical and autobiographical texts
If a teacher chooses to concentrate solely on biographies, children will start by reading a range of biographies, either about various different people or just about one person.
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They will look at the features of a biography, which include:
- Written in formal language
- Use of compound and complex sentences , containing connectives
- Written in the past tense and usually written in chronological order (in time order)
- Text split up into paragraphs (usually each paragraph will detail the events of each part of the person's life, for example: one paragraph to explain their childhood, one to explain their early adulthood etc.)
- Dates included so that the reader knows what happened and when
- Phrases such as: 'It is believed', 'It was thought', 'Many people claimed', 'There was a rumour that' etc. to show that history is based on stories that have been passed on over many years and some things cannot be stated as facts
- Pictures and captions
How do primary children study biographies?
Usually, children will be given photocopied texts to read and then they may be asked to text-mark the above features to show that they understand how a biography is set out and what is included.
Children may then be asked to choose their own famous person that they are interested in. They will be asked to find as much information about this person and make notes on them. Often teachers give children labelled spider diagrams to help children organise their information, but more able children may be asked to organise the information in their own way. An example of a spider diagram is below:
Children will then be asked to start drafting their biography , using the notes they have collected. Once they have done this, they will go through a process of editing their writing . Usually, a teacher will mark the first draft and write comments and suggestions on it to help them with this. Another method, is for pairs of children to swap their writing and then discuss with their partner how the writing could be improved.
Finally, children will write up their biographies in neat. They may plan how their finished piece is going to look, including title, pictures and captions. Children then produce their finished piece of writing, either on the computer or in their own handwriting.
Interviewing a family member of friend to write a short biography is a great writing activity for KS2 children.
There are also hundreds of wonderful biographies written especailly for kids to read – look through our pick of the best biographies and autobiographies for children .
Biography and autobiography are non-fiction texts . For more details how how non-fiction texts are taught in KS1 and KS2 see our parents' guide, What is non-fiction?
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