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We’ve made it through January! The first month of 2022 is already over, I can’t believe it! As we enter the month of February it is time that we discuss and celebrate what Black History Month really stands for with our students. My favorite way to do this is by acknowledging iconic Black and African American figures.
This is truly a great opportunity to teach biography and I have so many creative ways to do this that I’m going to share with you today. In this episode I will share how to teach this nonfiction genre so your students get the most out of their reading experience.
We all know that biographies are nonfiction texts that describe a person’s life, achievements, and impact they’ve had on their community or even the world. This may appear interesting to us as adults, but it is very likely that your student’s may actually find this genre to be quite boring. This is why it is so important to have interactive and exciting lessons when first introducing this genre. There are so many ways you can do this and it is so important to integrate creativity and movement in the process.
Let’s not forget that knowing your students is the best way to make teaching biographies fun. It will be beneficial for you to get an inventory of their interests and hobbies so you can choose mentor texts accordingly. This will hook your students and ultimately spark their curiosity and hold their attention.
It will also help your students relate to the person since they’ll be familiar with the vocabulary. Biographies have the ability to be interesting and engaging, and by using these tips and strategies you will have your students undivided attention.
In this episode on how to teach the biography genre, I share:
- Simple ways to help your students understand how biographies work
- Ways to use mentor texts when teaching your students biographies
- How to identify biographies from a big group of texts
- Tips for recognizing the main purpose of the genre
- My favorite techniques to let students share their ideas with others
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