ERIC Number: ED314759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Learning about Biographies: A Reading-and-Writing Approach for Children.
Bringing together an enthusiasm for biography and a belief in in-depth learning through long-term projects which include manipulating the material to be learned, this book presents a reading-and-writing approach to biography for elementary and middle school students in which students research and write biographies. Following a foreword and an introduction the three sections of the book's first part, "Understanding Biography," discuss respectively the appeal of biography, choosing the subject, and the material included in a biography. The five sections of the second part, "Biography in the Classroom: Approaches for Beginners," discuss respectively the snapshot approach, fictionalized versions, an alternative to chronological order, the relationship between life and times, and feeding an interest in biography. Sixty-six references are attached, and three appendixes contain fictionalized biographies written by fourth graders, nonchronological biographies written by fifth graders, and a life-and-times biography written by a fourth grader. (SR)
Descriptors: Biographies, Class Activities, Elementary Education, Holistic Approach, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Middle Schools, Reading Writing Relationship, Student Writing Models, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 27789-0015; $6.95 member, $8.95 nonmember).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.