- Easier - A
biography is a written story of a person's life. It is
also a type of book.
- Harder -
Biographies are written stories of a person's life
that were written by someone else, while an
autobiography is a person's story written by
themselves. Biographies make past history more real
and easier to understand by telling about real people
and actual events. People reading the biography can
satisfy their curiosity about well-known individuals
and can experience historical events as though they
were actually present.
- A good biography presents the facts about the
person's life including what the subject did and how
they influenced their world. It should describe the
person's personality and provide an explanation for
why he or she acted in certain ways. Most biographies
are interpretive; they not only present the facts but
also tell what those facts mean. Biographers make
their writings accurate by learning as much as
possible about their subjects. They study materials
such as diaries, personal letters, and
autobiographies. A good biography should be objective
and balanced, but those lofty goals are not always
achieved. Some biographers present a biased view by
selectively presenting only the facts that portray the
subject in either a favorable or an unflattering
- Explore over 25,000 short biographies of people
from around the world.
- This dictionary contains information about over
28,000 people from past and present. The dictionary
can be searched by birth years, death years, positions
held, professions, literary and artistic works,
achievements, and other keywords.
- Pages Within the Site:
- 2) Biographical Dictionary Links http://www.s9.com/biography/links.html
- 3) Ideas for Students and Teachers http://www.s9.com/biography/ideas.html
Center - Biographies
- This site provides links to common student project
topics related to people.
- Another Biography Links-site:
- 2) Biography Links for School Children (Northern
- 3) Smithsonian Spotlight http://educate.si.edu/spotlight/
- Explore biographies by category (such as sports,
Presidents and Vice Presidents, Supreme Court
justices, entertainers, business and world leaders) or
do a search for a person.
- You may also want to visit these related
42eXplore biography projects from eduScapes: (1)
of Folksingers, (2)
of the Harlem Renaissance, (3)
of the Industrial Revolution, (4)
of Jazz Musicians, (5)
of the Nuclear Age, (6)
of Peacemakers, (7)
of the Renaissance, (8)
of World War II, (9)
- A to Z, (10) Native
American Biographies - A to Z, (11)
of the Old West, (12)
of the United States, (13)
War Biographies, (14)
'n Roll Biographies, (15)
/ Inventors in Electricity, and (16)
War I Biographies. Also you will
find biography information within these 42explore
projects: (17) Charles
- (18) Lewis
and Clark Expedition, (19)
Twain, (20) Martin
Luther King Jr., (21) and
Shakespeare. Finally the following
sites also contain biography sections within the
project: (22) Classical
Music, (23) Fantasy
& Science Fiction, (24)
and Inventions, and (26)
- Visit several of these biography
websites, then select and complete one or
more of these activities.
- Who Would You Like to See on a
Wheaties Box? Explore the life of a
famous person and create a cereal box
honoring their life.
- Create a People Poem. Write a
people poem. Think about a word poem using
the letters in the person's name. Or,
create a shape poem using words and ideas
about the person to form a shape that
reflects the person's life. Think about
other types of poems you've written.
Choose a format that fits the personality
of your person.
- Write Your Own Biography. Use
The Biography Maker (http://www.bham.wednet.edu/bio/biomaker.htm)
to create your own biography.
- Create a Biography Mobile.
Create a mobile showing each aspects of a
person's life. Include pictures, dates,
- Play a Biography Game. Try the
Master Biography Challenge
and the Who is That (http://www.funbrain.com/who)
- Choose the Best in a Career.
Explore people in a particular subject
area such as (1) Famous
or (2) American President
Use the (3) Academy of Achievement:
to find other careers. What made this
person special in their area of study?
What special skills or talents did they
have? How did they use these? Nominate
this person for an award. Write a short
speech of support.
- Pick the Person of the Year.
Who do you think was the most
important person of the year, century, or
millennium? How about focusing on a
particular area such as art, music,
science, or politics. Use some of the
following sites to see what other people
think. Use (1) Time 100 Poll
and (2) Time Man of the Year
Do you agree or disagree with their
choices? Make your own class list.
- Create a Biography Stamp.
Explore the website titled Their Stamp
on History (http://www.stamponhistory.com/).
Create a stamp for a person you think has
made a major contribution to their
- Use Find a Grave. Use Find A
to learn about the burial location of a
subject. Then, learn about their life. Use
the grave photo in your project. Create a
map of this person's life. Where did they
live during their life?
- Complete a Biography WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the instructions found at
one of these webQuest sites:
- 1) BiographyWebQuest (E.
Tribe and D. Sproat, Grade 7) http://www.besd61.k12.il.us/webquest/7th%20grade/Biography%20webquest/biography_webquest.htm
- 2) Famous Black American
Biography WebQuest by C. Holland
& D. Mentzer http://www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/300/main/cla
. . .
- Websites By Kids For Kids
- This student-produced site contains information
about famous mathematicians.
People of the 20th Century (ThinkQuest
- Explore people who made history in the past
century. The resources are organized by theme or date.
The site also has a search option.
Index to Biographies
- Biographies on US topics by students in the
- More Websites
- Explore biographies of world leaders and
celebrities who make the news.
of Achievement: Gallery
- Explore achievers by category including arts,
business, public service, science & exploration,
sports, American dream, passion, vision, preparation,
courage, perseverance, and integrity. This website
contains both video and audio.
- Explore US presidents and presidential history
and Autobiography Resources: Children's and Young
Adults' Literature from the Internet
School Library Media Center
- This is a great links-site that connects to a
variety of biography resources.
- Use this online tool to create your own biography.
Simply follow the steps in the process including
choosing a topic, researching the answers to
questions, pulling together resources, and creating a
story. Use the template to create your own web
Women of Past and Present
- Locate biographical information about women of the
past and present. Information is available by name and
- Other Women's Sites:
- 2) 4000 Years of Women in Science
- 3) Biographies of Notable Women in History at
- 4) Gale Group - Women http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/whm/index.htm
- 5) Living Legacy Awards http://www.wic.org/misc/llaward.htm
- 6) National First Ladies' Library http://www.firstladies.org/
- 7) National Women's Hall of Fame http://www.greatwomen.org/women.php?action=viewAll
- 8) WIC Biography Index http://www.wic.org/bio/idex_bio.htm
of Science: African Americans in the
- African American chemists, biologists, inventors,
engineers, and mathematicians have contributed in both
large and small ways to the rich history of
- Explore the free resources from the Gale Group.
The website includes sections for different
- Specific Group Pages:
- 2) Black Heritage http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/bhm/index.htm
- 3) Hispanic Heritage http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/chh/index.htm
- 4) Poets http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/poets/index.htm
- Learn about the great economists.
- Explore the lives of great theologians,
philosophers, poets, composers, and artists.
- Lives, the
- This website provides links to thousands of
websites containing biographies, autobiographies,
narratives, oral histories, and other information
about people. Their special collections include
African Americans, women, US Civil War, survivors, and
Canadian, Australians, and Latinos.
Prize Internet Archive
- Explore information about the Nobel Prize. Explore
the Nobel categories of literature, physics,
chemistry, peace, economics, and physiology &
- Related Website:
- 2) Nobel Prize http://www.almaz.com/nobel/
Stamp on History
- This educational website explores the lives of
important historical people through their pictures on
postage stamps. Topics include activists, Hollywood,
artists, athletes, doctors and nurses, explorers,
inventors, lawyers and judges, leaders, musicians,
scientists, and writers.
Who in American History
- Explore information about people in American
history. Information is presented by name, era,
occupation, and photos.
- Other History Biography Sites:
- 2) Biographies - Late Medieval Period http://militaryhistory.about.com/homework/militaryhistory/cs/latemedievalper/index.htm
- 3) Colonial Hall http://www.colonialhall.com/
- Teacher Resources
and E Classroom Study Guides
- This website contains links to classroom study
guides to supplement many A&E programs. These
guides are worthwhile even if you don't watch the
Chat at Education World (Grades
- Students use the television talk-show format to
conduct mock interviews with famous people in
- Other Related Biography Sites at Education
- 2) Building on Biographies http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson185.shtml
- 3) Great Sites for Teaching About Biographies
- 4) Monologues, Poems, and Time Lines--Biography
Lessons Made Easy! (Curriculum Article) http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr230.shtml
- This page contains lots of ideas for integrating
biographies into your classroom. Check out the study
guides including vocabulary, discussion questions, and
de Force on the Tour de France (New York Times
Learning Network Lesson Plan, Grades 6-12)
. . .
- In this lesson, students learn about the obstacles
that Lance Armstrong overcame to become the second
American winner of the Tour de France as a springboard
to further investigating qualities of people whom they
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