ERIC Number: ED253884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Portraits: Biography and Autobiography in the Secondary School.
Fleming, Margaret, Ed.; McGinnis, Jo, Ed.
Prepared by experienced classroom teachers from all levels, the articles in this book explain how to use biography and autobiography as a basis for the thorough study of a topic in literature, history, the social sciences, or other subject areas. The nine articles in the first section of the book use Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and Carl Sandburg's "Abe Lincoln Grows Up" to illustrate a wide range of possible classroom applications of biography and autobiography. These articles focus on techniques teachers can use to get beyond surface facts into the significance of the works, and draw upon Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives and other analyses of mental activity to sketch lines of inquiry and discussion from various disciplines. In addition, the articles concentrate on one salient concept from each discipline and develop it through the use of one of the approaches offered. The four articles in the second section of the book discuss ways to approach sensitive or controversal subject matter, ways to develop writing assignments from the study of biography and autobiography, and other classroom concerns. (FL)
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Biographies, Class Activities, Content Area Writing, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature Appreciation, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Teaching Methods
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 36486, $6.00 member, $7.20 nonmember).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.