Biography Unit

Julius Caesar Roman Leader Tales2go Audio Books

Standards and Objective

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.2
Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2
Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explan how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

Students will respond to titles read aloud (through Tales2go,) interpret, summarize and analyze them in order to mirror the style of a biography and write their own.

Materials

  • Summarizing Rubric
  • Biography Organizer

Tales2go Titles

  • Jesse Owens by Carole Weatherford
  • Joan of Arc (1425-1431) by Nicolas Soames
  • Julius Caesar: Roman Leader by Chritine Dugan
  • Julius Caesar by Hugh Griffith
  • Florence Nightingale: The Lady With The Lamp by Nicolas Soames
  • Pocahontas by Marie Patterson
  • George Washington (1732-1799) by Nicolas Soames
  • The Story of John Paul Jones by Percy K. Fitzhugh

Activity

Students will listen to multiple biographies and respond, interpret, summarize and analyze them in order to mirror the style of a biography and write their own.

Find the lessons here:

Lesson 1 Introduction To Biographies

Lesson 2 Practice With Biographies

Lesson 3 Your Turn

Resources

Summarizing Rubric

Scholastic Biography Organizer

About Non-Fiction

From bugs to Benjamin Franklin to the berries we eat, non-fiction texts allow children to explore the world around them. Non-fiction texts explain why, how and where things happen so we can get a better understanding of life. Students are required to write non-fiction pieces such as biographies, explanatory, procedural and other writing styles often, so the more they listen to and read non-fiction, the more comfortable they will be writing it. You will find units here that are intended to be used with students learning about topics such as Animals, Presidents and Earth. Feel free to use these lessons exactly how they are written, or take ideas from them and make them your own!