Writing instruction is difficult without the added stress of distance learning. A step-by-step structured approach is really the only way to make it manageable. The only problem with developing a structured lesson plan that guides students through the writing process is that it takes time, something we don’t have a lot of these days. The free biography report template provided below can be used as a jumping off point. The websites listed to accompany the research template are student friendly and filled with tons of options for researching an influential figure. If your students do well with the template, it can be used as an outline for an expository writing assignment.
Find hundreds of interactive biographies at mrnussbaum.com. Each biography includes an image, voice reader, and related articles and activities. All of the biographies can be filtered by grade level, making it easy for students to find text that aligns with their reading abilities.
Ducksters.com is a great place for students to find concise biographies on hundreds of influential figures. Each biography is broken down into short paragraphs and includes a voice reading of the text. Some of the featured biographies also include a list of interesting facts and/or a ten-question quiz.
Pitara.com biographies include statesmen, leaders, political thinkers, inventors, scientists, artists, writers, actors, athletes, and achievers. Plus, each biography includes a word count and Flesch-Kincaid readability score.