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21ST CENTURY TEACHING


- Students will be able to discuss aspects of a quality biography or autobiography, research information about a historical figure, organize information about this figure in a concept web, create an original story about this historical figure, and create a presentation that visually represents their historical figure.


Activity: Students explore autobiographies and biographies in order to understand the important aspects of a famous person’s life. Tey collect information, compile that information, and then present their new knowledge to others.


Day 1: • Using an interactive white board, collect and store information during a discussion about important elements found in both an autobiography and biography.


• Introduce the concepts of biographies and autobiographies to determine what students already know about each.


• Obtain a baseline of general knowledge. Notes from this original discussion are saved and posted to the class Web site.


• Assessment: Trough this opening discussion, you have gathered information informally about what students already know about the topic. Te information is recorded and saved so as a class it can be updated as students learn more.


• Have students go to the Library and read a book on a famous person. Tey should be able to identify whether the book is an autobiography or biography. Tey should also write down characteristics about the person and his or her contributions in history. Tis would be an excellent place to pull in the Library Media Specialist.


• Assessment: Each student engages in a discussion about the book chosen, why they chose it, and if it is an autobiography or a biography. Tey provide key information about the person as well as some personal characteristics.


Day 2: • In a Computer Lab, students review Web resources about the various people they have chosen.


• Bring up the Day 1 notes on the class Web site. As a class, add any necessary information and clarify any misunderstandings about biographies and autobiographies.


• Concept Map: Introduce Webspiration (http://www.mywebspiration.com), a Concept Map soſtware, to students. Tis tool helps organize thoughts and understandings about the important people the students have chosen. Students diagram their selected person and identify characteristics, contributions, and important events in that person’s life. Students must have proper links between concepts, concept titles, and identify and link appropriate important events and


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Virginia Educational Leadership


Vol. 8 No. 1


Spring 2011


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