Intro to Biographical Writing

In this lesson, students will explore the structure and content of profile article as a way begin a biographical writing unit.

By Ms. Ginley
July 20, 2016
10th Grade English

Writing Prompt

Biographical writing and profile stories show details of a person's life in an organized way. In the profile story, "Alexi Pappas Veers Far From Her Lane" the author explores the life of an Olympic runner.

Analyze how McManis uses text structure and text features (e.g., headings, subheadings, visuals, and graphics) to develop his/her ideas.

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10th Grade English Language Arts Standards

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
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