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2 Ten Elements of Biography Mrs. Youse

3 Non-Fiction Books about People Biography Biography Autobiography Autobiography Memoirs Memoirs

4 Biography bi·og·ra·phy : n. pl. bi·og·ra·phies An account of a person's life written, composed, or produced by another: a film biography of Adlai Stevenson; an oral biography. Biographies considered as a group, especially when regarded as a genre. The writing, composition, or production of biographies: a career entirely devoted to biography.

5 Autobiography n. pl. au·to·bi·og·ra·phies The biography of a person written by that person The biography of a person written by that person

6 Memoirs mem·oir (m m wär, -wôr ) n. An account of the personal experiences of an author. An autobiography. Often used in the plural. A biography or biographical sketch. A report, especially on a scientific or scholarly topic. memoirs The report of the proceedings of a learned society.

7 The 10 Elements Birthdate and place Birthdate and place Family Members Family Members Childhood and School Life Childhood and School Life Hobbies, Interests, and Activities Hobbies, Interests, and Activities Anecdotes Anecdotes Career Career Reason for Fame Reason for Fame Later Life/Old Age Later Life/Old Age Death Death Photos and Likenesses Photos and Likenesses

8 Birthplace and date When was the person born? When was the person born? Where was the person born? Where was the person born? Why was the family in that location at that time? Why was the family in that location at that time? Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthplace, Atlanta, GA

9 Family Members Birth Order Birth Order Spouse, Children Spouse, Children Any other members of the family who were notable in some way Any other members of the family who were notable in some way

10 Childhood and School Life Interesting stories about childhood or school Interesting stories about childhood or school Early achievements Early achievements Any events that had an impact on their later life Any events that had an impact on their later life

11 Hobbies, Interests, and Activities Do the person’s hobbies or activities make them more interesting? Do the person’s hobbies or activities make them more interesting? Do the hobbies/activities have a bearing on why they have a biography about them? Do the hobbies/activities have a bearing on why they have a biography about them? Do the hobbies/activities relate to other aspects of their life? Do the hobbies/activities relate to other aspects of their life?

12 Anecdotes Interesting stories about why they are famous Interesting stories about why they are famous Interesting stories about the impact they have had on others Interesting stories about the impact they have had on others

13 Career Is their career why they have a book written about them? Is their career why they have a book written about them? Is their job similar or different from their hobbies and activities? Is their job similar or different from their hobbies and activities? Have they made significant contributions to mankind through their job? Have they made significant contributions to mankind through their job?

14 Reason for Fame What did they do that caused someone to want to write a book about them? What did they do that caused someone to want to write a book about them? At what point in their life did they become famous? At what point in their life did they become famous?

15 Later Life/Old Age What did they do near the end of their life? What did they do near the end of their life? Did they contribute to society, enjoy life, continue working? Did they contribute to society, enjoy life, continue working? Were they honored in their lifetime for their achievements? Were they honored in their lifetime for their achievements? Commodore Grace Hopper, USN

16 Death When and where did they die? When and where did they die? Was there anything unusual or significant about their death? (Ex. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826) Was there anything unusual or significant about their death? (Ex. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826)

17 Photos and Likenesses Photographs or artists’ renderings of the person may be included Photographs or artists’ renderings of the person may be included

18 Where are biographies found in the library? The 900’s

19 The 10 Elements Birthdate and place Birthdate and place Family Members Family Members Childhood and School Life Childhood and School Life Hobbies, Interests, and Activities Hobbies, Interests, and Activities Anecdotes Anecdotes Career Career Reason for Fame Reason for Fame Later Life/Old Age Later Life/Old Age Death Death Photos and Likenesses Photos and Likenesses


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