Each year Ms. Figueiredo-Strydom’s Title I students at Holy Family Catholic have a unit on Biographies. Leading our study is Martin Luther King, Jr. because of the holiday in January. We also have the national holiday celebrating presidents’ birthdays.

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The unit on biographies spans from the kindergarten students to the fifth graders. Ms. Figueiredo-Strydom has a wonderful collection of readers featuring various people from history. In addition, other biographies are about current names that students are aware of through social media and news sources. Examples include

  • Let’s Read Biographies,
  • Scholastic’s My Very First Biographies,
  • Picture Book Biographies by David A. Adler, 
  • DK Readers / Historical Figures, and
  • Who was…? Who is…? Series.

 

Definition of a Biography

 

Ms. Figueiredo-Strydom introduced the biography genre by telling students that biographies are the one genre that can open their eyes and hearts to people who have made a difference in the world. They can learn not only about their lives, but also about the eras in history both past and present.

In grades 2 – 5 students were able to choose the notable person they would like to learn more about.

After reading and discussions, they completed biography graphic organizers appropriate to their grade level.

 

Graphic Organizers for Biographies

 

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Sacaagawea biographies

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King biographies

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Columbus biographies

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Harriet Tubman biographies

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Paul Revere biographies

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Anne Frank biographies

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In kindergarten and first grade, students were introduced to Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

 

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In summary, it was an amazing unit. Everyone learned so much! Without prompting, most students chose second books to take home and read.