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Biography Research Essay  

In this assignment, you will write a research paper about an individual that you find interesting and unique.
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Checklist for Essay

This list will describe exactly what needs to be included in your essay.

 

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format of essay

You will write a 800 - 1000 word essay on your person. This is a good organization pattern to follow in the writing of the essay. You do not have to follow this organization; it is only a suggestion. Be sure to watch the video below. This Video will help a lot with the Introduction paragraph.

Introduction - the introduction will likely only be 4-5 sentences.  Catch reader's interests with an attention getter, perhaps a questions or interesting fact about your person.  Then write a thesis statement, a sentence telling the audience the topic of the essay.

The Early Years - This section should cover the early years of the persons life. Begin all paragraphs with a topic sentence, then give supporting details.  Remember, you aren't trying to summarize everything about your person, there are books about him/her.  Give details about 2 or 4 important/interesting things or events from their early life.

Adult Life - This section will discuss the adult life of the person you choose.  Begin all paragraphs with a topic sentence, then give supporting details. Give details about 2 or 4 important/interesting things or events from their adult life.

Contribution(s) to American/world History - This section is important because it is the reason you chose this person.  This section should include the major events that make this person intersting and/or have changed their lives. Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence, then give supporting details. Describe at least two contributions to history your person has made. 

Conclusion - the conclusion will likely be only 5- 7 sentences.  Summarize for the reader what your report was about.  Then make a statement or ask a question that lets the reader know your report is over.

 

Writing an introductory paragraph

This video will help you write an introcuctory paragraph.

Sample MLA Essay and Works Cited

Great example of MLA format along with references in the margins. You should reveiw the essay and see how the format for using sources in the body of the paper. Also, review the Works Cited at the end to see how the in-text citations match up with the sources the author used.

 

Checklist for PowerPoint

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