Biography

Russell Yates

 

Biographies tell the story of interesting people. An author chooses a particular person to write about because they were either intrigued with what that person had done or they believed that others could learn something by reading that person's story.

I love reading biographies because they help me reflect on my own life, think about the things I think are important, or dream about what I want to accomplish.

The internet is full of the biographies of all kinds of people. Pretend that you are a semi-finalist in a contest. The grand prize is the chance to inherit the entire estate of a famous person from the past. All you have to do is eulogize this famous person using your own words and giving your own heart-felt message about their life. Other people attending the funeral will want to hear facts, stories and details from the life of this famous individual. Because they are family and friends, it is important that your information be truthful.

Use the biography links below to read about and choose a person to eulogize. Remember that you will need to include facts and be able to "read between the lines" in order to really get to know the person and their personality.

Present this eulogy to other members of your class. Be sure to practice it in front of your friends first and get their feedback. Ask them to give you two stars and a wish, two things they think you did well and one thing they believe you could do a little better with.


If you want to read more biographies, here is a list of some that you might find at your library.

  • A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir by Beverly Cleary
  • Kipling: Storyteller of East and West by Gloria Kamen
  • Letters to Children by C. S. Lewis
  • Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart by Patricia Lauber
  • Marco Polo by Kathy Reynolds
  • Margaret Mead: The World Was Her Family by Susan Saunders
  • Who Said There's No Man on the Moon? A Story of Jules Verne by Robert Quackenbush


I am very curious to know who you chose to eulogize. Use your email to let me know. I'd also be interested in reading your eulogy if you can attach that as well!

 Biography.com
http://www.biography.com/
 Biographical Sketches of Black Pioneers and Settlers of the Pacific Northwest
http://www.endoftheoregontrail.org/blakbios.html
 Distinguished Women of Past and Present
http://www.DistinguishedWomen.com/subject/field.html
 The Presidents - American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/
 Who's Who in American History
http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/bios/bios.html

 Notes for Teachers

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