When choosing someone to research, students often pick someone who they look up to, admire, or want to be like. Perhaps a young soccer player wants to be a professional and chooses Alex Morgan, or a child who is interested in the piano chooses Mozart. Whenever a biography is written, it usually focuses on a theme, or a recurring idea, that centers around the person’s fame and/or importance. Some themes that are commonly seen in biographies are: rising above challenges, always being yourself, never giving up, and resilience in the face of adversity.
For this activity, the student will choose a biographical theme that pertains to the person they are researching and create a spider map showing examples of this theme. Alternatively, the student may choose more than one theme and make a cell representing each.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards
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Objective: Create a 3 cell spider map detailing examples of a biographical theme in your person's life.
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