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Students will research a famous person, write a 5 paragraphy essay with in text citations, and prepare a powerpoint presentation and then present to class.
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What is a Biography?


It is a written history of someone's life. It gives the facts of their childhood, adolescence, military service, important

events in their life, educational background, professional life, marriage, children, and outstanding acheivements.

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What is a Biography?


Timeline of Assignment

  • Monday, Apr 5, 2010: Day one:
    Make Choice and Begin Research
  • Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010: Day two:
    Continue Research
  • Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010: Day three
    Begin rough Draft, find map, create cover page, begin PowerPoint
  • Thursday, Apr 8, 2010: Day four
    begin final draft, finish working on bibliography
  • Friday, Apr 9, 2010: Day five
    Finish final draft, print final draft, finish PowerPoint, print notes pages (for PowerPoint), print illustrations, print map, print bibliography, print cover page
  • Monday, Apr 12, 2010 to Friday, Apr 16, 2010: completion of assignment
    You will have a small amount of time each day to finish your assignment in preparation for your presentation next week.

Purpose of Assignment?

Students will research a famous person, write a 5 paragraph essay with in text citations, a bibliography, prepare a powerpoint presentation and then present to class. You will be writing a 5 paragraph essay that will include the following:
   1st paragraph - grabber, birth/most interesting facts and thesis statement,
   2nd paragraph - facts about their life
   3rd paragraph - challenges and triumphs in life
   4th paragraph - why is this person famous/remembered
   5th paragraph - conclusion. 



 I chose this artist for my research.  His last name begins with a "T" and I am very interested in his art.  Choose someone that you are interested in, your research will be much more interesting.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Mrs. Pursley's Choice

    Who to Choose?

    You will go to various websites that list famous people by alphabetical order. You will choose one person whose name (first or last) that begins with the same letter of your first name.



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