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Build Mastery: Biography

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Lesson Type: Build Mastery
Grade: K, 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Small Group, Large Group, Whole Class
Length: 20 minutes
Goal: Given a biography, students will be able to record facts and opinions about the subject of the biography.

Materials: Board or chart paper, Biography Web (print here), a biography to be read aloud (any picture book biography by David Adler)

What to Do


Make copies of the Biography Web for each student. Display the large version of the Biography Web with biographical information (see Reintroduce: Build Mastery) on the board or chart paper.


1. Explain the lesson.

Today I am going to read a biography about _________________. You will use the Biography Web to record the facts that you learn from this book. At the end you will also write your opinion about __________________. As I read I will stop three times to let you write down facts for each section. Usually a biography starts with the birth and childhood of the person. Be sure to listen carefully for facts as I read.


2. Read the book and stop at appropriate points to allow students to record the facts.

3. After reading the book, ask students to add an opinion.

Now that you have filled in all the facts about ________________________, you need to add an opinion. You will add your opinion about ____________________ in the section titled My Opinion. Remember that an opinion is how you think or feel.

4. Direct students to turn and talk with partners about their opinions.


For Advanced Students:

Encourage these students to use the organizer to begin drafting a biography in paragraph form.

For Struggling Students:

These students may have difficulty recalling facts. Refer back to details in the book to help them find more facts.

For ELL Students:

Allow these students to provide one word answers and pictures to record the facts.

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