2Non-Fiction Books about People BiographyAutobiographyMemoirs
3Biography 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.
4Autobiography n. pl. au·to·bi·og·ra·phies The biography of a person written by that person
5Memoirs 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.
6The 10 Elements 10 Birthdate and place Family Members Childhood and School LifeHobbies, Interests, and ActivitiesAnecdotesCareerReason for FameLater Life/Old AgeDeathPhotos and Likenesses10
7Birthplace and date When was the person born? Where was the person born?Why was the family in that location at that time?Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthplace, Atlanta, GA
8Family Members Birth Order Spouse, Children Any other members of the family who were notable in some way
9Childhood and School Life Interesting stories about childhood or schoolEarly achievementsAny events that had an impact on their later life
10Hobbies, Interests, and Activities 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 relate to other aspects of their life?
11Anecdotes Interesting stories about why they are famous Interesting stories about the impact they have had on others
12Career Is their career why they have a book written about them? Is their job similar or different from their hobbies and activities?Have they made significant contributions to mankind through their job?
13Reason for FameWhat did they do that caused someone to want to write a book about them?At what point in their life did they become famous?
14Later Life/Old Age What did they do near the end of their life? Commodore Grace Hopper, USNLater Life/Old AgeWhat did they do near the end of their life?Did they contribute to society, enjoy life, continue working?Were they honored in their lifetime for their achievements?
15Death 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)
16Photos and LikenessesPhotographs or artists’ renderings of the person may be included
17Where are biographies found in the library? The 900’s
18The 10 Elements 10 Birthdate and place Family Members Childhood and School LifeHobbies, Interests, and ActivitiesAnecdotesCareerReason for FameLater Life/Old AgeDeathPhotos and Likenesses10