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Local Biography Writing Assignment. Choosing a subject. 1 Choose someone who has lived on this island. 2 Choose someone who is not in your immediate family. . 3 Choose someone who is at least in eighth grade. . Warning #1:. Respect Your Subject!. Do not write a biography that is

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Choosing a subject.

1 Choose someone who has lived on this island.

2 Choose someone who is not in your immediate family.

3 Choose someone who is at least in eighth grade.

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Warning #1:

Respect Your Subject!

Do not write a biography that is

Insulting

Degrading

Or in any way looks down on your subject.

This sort of biography will not even be graded.

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Warning #2:

Finished product will

not be private!

Your finished biography will be placed in the Local Biography Notebook.

Anyone who wishes will be able to read it.

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Here is how your biography will be graded.

1 Focus

2 Organization

3 Details

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This will be a short writing assignment – three to five pages.

Because it will be so brief, it will need to have a fairly narrow focus.

1 Focus

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Two most common errors leading to an unfocused biography:

1. a cradle-to-grave biography.

She was born on such and such a day.

She lived here and she lived there.

She worked here and she worked there.

She did this and she did that.

Finally, she died.

It is ridiculous to try to write an entire life in four pages.

1 Focus

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Two most common errors leading to an unfocused biography:

1. a cradle-to-grave biography.

2. A scattered biography

She moved to the Island two years ago.

She likes volleyball.

She worked at this store.

She wants to go to college.

What do any of these things have to do with each other?

1 Focus

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Three ways to focus a short biography:

1. A Specific Experience or Group of Experiences that were life-changing

Examples:

War or other Military Experiences

Business or Career Experiences

Attempts to achieve something unique or significant

Worldwide travels and adventures

1 Focus

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Three ways to focus a short biography:

1. A Specific Experience or Group of Experiences that were life-changing

2. Out of the ordinary characteristics

Examples:

Outrageous sense of Humor

Bad luck

Coming up from behind to win

Bravery

Gift of Gab

Strength

1 Focus

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Three ways to focus a short biography:

1. A Specific Experience or Group of Experiences that were life-changing

2. Out of the ordinary characteristics

3. Another specific focus

Examples:

Christmas in the Old Days

School in the Old Days

1 Focus

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To have an organized biography:

Your focus should be clearly stated in the first paragraph.

This makes an introduction.

2 Organization

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To have an organized biography:

In the body of the biography,

detail 3-5 episodes that are examples of the main idea.

These episodes must demonstrate what was said about the subject in the introduction.

2 Organization

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Examples of an UNORGANIZED Biography:

First this happened

Then this happened

Then this happened

Then this happened

Finally, this happened

2 Organized

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In the body, the writing should be as specific as possible.

Don’t write in the body that he was a funny person.

Use a general statement like that

for your main idea,

in the introduction.

In the body, show how that person did or said funny things.

3 Details

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In the body, the writing should be as specific as possible.

Don’t write in the body that she went to college.

Include a general statement like that

in the introduction.

In the body, detail what college was like for her. Tell a couple of anecdotes that illustrate how college affected your subject.

3 Details

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In the body, the writing should be as specific as possible.

Remember to answer:

Who

What

Where

Why

When

How

3 Details

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You will also be graded on sentence structure and vocabulary, but leave those for the revision stage.

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This Assignment must have:

  • 3-5 Pages

Do you have expectations of receiving at least a “C-”?

I have expectations of receiving at least 3 pages!

If you are looking for an “A” or a “B”,

your aim shouldn’t be the minimum,

but the maximum.

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This Assignment must have:

  • 3-5 Pages
  • a positive outlook on its subject
  • a single focus

DON’T try to cover many different things and then weakly link them together with

“Here’s all the different things that are new for her this year.”

“Here’s all the different things he is dedicated to.”

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This Assignment must have:

  • 3-5 Pages
  • a positive outlook on its subject
  • a single focus
  • a distinct beginning, middle & end
  • a body with a high level of detail.

Remember, both focus and organization demand that the intro have a clear thesis sentence.

Let the reader see it! Make the reader feel like she was there! Use the techniques we have been studying!