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1 Biographies and Autobiographies Elements of non-fiction

2 What is a biography? A biography is the story of a famous or historical figure’s life told by someone other than that person. Prefix ‘bio’ means ‘life’ A biography is told from the third person point of view. It uses pronouns such as he, she, them, they. A biography may include: –Anecdotes, or brief stories from the person’s life that reveal something about his/her character –Examples of the person’s thoughts, feelings, or behavior –Statements made by or about that person

3 What is an autobiography? If someone asked you to write your life story, you would be writing an autobiography. An autobiography is the story of a person’s life, written by that person. Prefix ‘auto’ means ‘self’ Autobiographies are told from the first-person point of view –Include pronouns such as I, me, myself, my –Share the writer’s personal thoughts and feelings about his or her experiences.

4 Would your personal narrative essays be categorized as biographies or autobiographies? autobiographies

5 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller What word in this title suggests that it is an autobiography rather than a biography? The Story of My Life

6 Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini by Tom Lalicki What clues tell you that this is a biography rather than an autobiography? It is a story about Harry Houdini written by Tom Lalicki

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