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Biographies Increase Student Interest

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Many students are turned off to history because it is old, dry and boring. One way to connect with students is to have them discover the real people behind history. Biographies can do that.
However, biographies don't have to be limited to history classes.
Read on to find out why.

Reasons for Using Biographies

As I have already stated, biographies can bring history to life. When we find out what motivated great individuals from the past it helps us understand their actions. For example, in a biography I have posted this week about Mohandas Gandhi, we find that his Mother's religion seriously affected his later life. Plus, as students read about the people from the past, they begin to realize historical figures are much like people today.

Biographies are not just useful in history, however. There have been colorful and interesting figures in all fields of study. Examples include:

The Biographical Framework

Here is a framework which can be easily adapted for any course of study. You can expand or reduce the list as you see fit. Further, you can use this as a springboard for a multitude of assignments including essays, poems, and collages.

Rubric to Grade Biographies

Once your students have finished their frameworks, you can use this rubric to assess them. If you are unsure about using rubrics, see this article about the advantages of using them.

Here are just a few of the other biographies on this site:

For Further Information

To help you and your students find information about different individuals, visit these sites.

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