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Ten Elements of Biography. Mrs. Youse. Non-Fiction Books about People. Biography Autobiography Memoirs. Biography. bi·og·ra·phy : n. pl. bi·og·ra·phies An account of a person's life written, composed, or produced by another: a film biography of Adlai Stevenson; an oral biography.

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non fiction books about people
Non-Fiction Books about People
  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • Memoirs
biography
Biography

bi·og·ra·phy : n.pl.bi·og·ra·phies

An account of a person's life written, composed, or produced by another: a film biography of Adlai Stevenson; an oral biography.

Biographies considered as a group, especially when regarded as a genre.

The writing, composition, or production of biographies: a career entirely devoted to biography.

autobiography
Autobiography

n.pl.au·to·bi·og·ra·phies

  • The biography of a person written by that person
memoirs
Memoirs

mem·oir  (m m wär , -wôr )n.

An account of the personal experiences of an author.

An autobiography. Often used in the plural.

A biography or biographical sketch.

A report, especially on a scientific or scholarly topic.

memoirs The report of the proceedings of a learned society.

the 10 elements
Birthdate and place

Family Members

Childhood and School Life

Hobbies, Interests, and Activities

Anecdotes

Career

Reason for Fame

Later Life/Old Age

Death

Photos and Likenesses

The 10 Elements

10

birthplace and date
Birthplace and date
  • When was the person born?
  • Where was the person born?
  • Why was the family in that location at that time?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthplace, Atlanta, GA

family members
Family Members
  • Birth Order
  • Spouse, Children
  • Any other members of the family who were notable in some way
childhood and school life
Childhood and School Life
  • Interesting stories about childhood or school
  • Early achievements
  • Any events that had an impact on their later life
hobbies interests and activities
Hobbies, Interests, and Activities
  • Do the person’s hobbies or activities make them more interesting?
  • Do the hobbies/activities have a bearing on why they have a biography about them?
  • Do the hobbies/activities relate to other aspects of their life?
anecdotes
Anecdotes
  • Interesting stories about why they are famous
  • Interesting stories about the impact they have had on others
career
Career
  • Is their career why they have a book written about them?
  • Is their job similar or different from their hobbies and activities?
  • Have they made significant contributions to mankind through their job?
reason for fame
Reason for Fame
  • What did they do that caused someone to want to write a book about them?
  • At what point in their life did they become famous?
later life old age
Later Life/Old Age

Commodore Grace Hopper, USN

  • What did they do near the end of their life?
  • Did they contribute to society, enjoy life, continue working?
  • Were they honored in their lifetime for their achievements?
death
Death
  • When and where did they die?
  • Was there anything unusual or significant about their death? (Ex. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826)
photos and likenesses
Photos and Likenesses
  • Photographs or artists’ renderings of the person may be included
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Birthdate and place

Family Members

Childhood and School Life

Hobbies, Interests, and Activities

Anecdotes

Career

Reason for Fame

Later Life/Old Age

Death

Photos and Likenesses

The 10 Elements

10