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How to Write a Biography

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1 How to Write a Biography
A biography is simply the story of a life.

2 Biographies analyze and interpret the events in a person's life.
They try to find connections, explain the meaning of unexpected actions or mysteries, and make arguments about the significance of the person's accomplishments or life activities Many biographies are written in chronological order.

3 Biographers use primary and secondary sources:
Primary sources are things like letters, diaries, or newspaper accounts. Secondary sources include other biographies, reference books, or histories that provide information about the subject of the biography.

4 To write a Biography you should:
Find out the basic facts of the person's life. Start with the encyclopedia and almanac. Think about what else you would like to know about the person, and what parts of the life you want to write most about.

5 A Beginning - Introducing the person Name Birth date
What makes this person special or interesting?

6 A Middle - Write about some Highlights of the person's life.
What events shaped or changed this person’s life? Did he or she overcome obstacles? What examples from their life illustrate those qualities?

7 An Ending - Explain why you wrote about this person and make conclusions about this person's life. What kind of effect did he she have on the world? Other people? Would the world be better or worse if this person hadn’t lived? How and why?

8 Your Famous Floridian You will work with a partner to write a Biography on a Famous Floridian.

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