Characteristics of a Biography #1 A story about a real person (sometimes a fictional character)
Characteristics of a Biography # 2 The author knows a lot about the person The author must do extensive research on the subject by conducting interviews, reading books, scripts, etc.
Characteristics of a Biography # 3 Describes the person’s environment Such as, where, when and how they lived
Characteristics of a Biography# 4 Provides details that show the person in action Such as, their accomplishments, goals, behavior, ideas and influences.
Characteristics of a Biography # 5 Shows how the person affects other people such as: New discoveries (science, medicine) New inventions Inspirational art (visual art, film, music) How the person has changed the world for the better (or worse)
Characteristics of a Biography #6 States or implies how the writer feels about the person Different authors will or may have a different view point of the person The author’s point of view could be positive or negative
Finding a Biography The call number of a biography is indicated by a B Under the B are the first three letters of the person’s last name that the book is about. For example, Martin Luther King B KIN You can also try the internet. www.bibliographi.cawww.bibliographi.ca is a good place to find biographies about historical figures in Canada
Different types of Biographies Books Plays Songs Poems Biopics Documentary art
First Hand Biography Reveals another person though the eyes of a writer who has had an ongoing, face-to-face, personal relationship with the person
Autobiography The main character is the author For example, if you were to write a biography about yourself, then that would be an autobiography
Autobiography Recounts key incidents/events in the author’s life
Autobiography Describes major influences (people, events, places) on the writer A teacherHome A teacherhome A Speech
Autobiography Describes interactions between the writer and significant people in his or her life A teacherA pastorA fatherA mother
Visual and Oral Forms Autobiography Pictures and paintings that depict events or people they are familiar with Photo albums or video tapes that record important moments in their lives Skits and plays based on their life stories
More Visual and Oral Forms Autobiography Informal anecdotes about their lives, shared in conversations with friends and family Tangible mementos and souvenirs, such as awards, seashells, or favorite childhood toys
Unauthorized Biography Biography about a person that was not approved by the subject that the book is about These are usually about celebrities. Risk of suit is great Purpose is the entertain
Biography Summative Pick a person to research. This person should be someone who has had a significant impact, either on you or on the world Produce a multimedia presentation on this person which you will present to the class. You may do this individually or in PAIRS. No groups. Prepare to present the last week in January.
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