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ERIC Number: ED314759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 107
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8141-2778-9
Learning about Biographies: A Reading-and-Writing Approach for Children.
Zarnowski, Myra
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)
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
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.