At some point during your school career, you will be asked to write a simple biography report about a famous person. Biographies are among the easiest papers to write, and you may enjoy learning about someone from history or sports that you admire. With a little planning, you can write an engaging, high quality biography in just a few hours.
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Read the guidelines your teacher has given you for the assignment. Some teachers will specify that the person has to be from a particular time period or cannot fall into a certain category (i.e., no sports stars). Some teachers may even give you a list of acceptable subjects.
Choose a person to write about that matches the teacher's guidelines. Choose a subject that interests you so that the biography doesn't feel like a chore. If the teacher has given you a list, choose a name off the list that interests you.
Go to the library and do some research. Look for two or three books about the person you have chosen. After you have found some books, ask the librarian to help you find old newspaper or magazine articles about the person. If your teacher allows you to use the Internet, look up the person on a search engine after you have finished using these other sources.
Take notes as you research. Write down facts such as where the person was born, what they did that was important, and their views on important issues.
Start your paper by writing your title. Make your title catchy and interesting. Make sure to put the name of the person you are writing about in the title.
Write an introductory paragraph. This paragraph should capture the reader's interest and tell the reader who the biography is about. You might want to start the paragraph with a question or a quote to make it more interesting.
Write a paragraph about the person's childhood. Mention one or two important or interesting things that happened.
Write a paragraph about the person's most important accomplishments. This paragraph should help the reader understand why this person is important to learn about.
Write a conclusion. Your conclusion should summarise the biography you have written and explain why you think it is important to write about this person.
Tips and warnings
- Libraries have many resources you may not know about. You may want to ask a librarian to show you some of the research tools available at your library.
- Never make information up. If you can't find the information you need, ask for help.
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