An elementary-level biography report usually focuses on answering five simple questions -- who, what, when, where and why. The report contains factual information about a subject including: when he were born, what his childhood was like and where he grew up, where he went to school, what he accomplished, what kind of family he had and where and when he died. Students can then use the answers to these questions to structure their reports.
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Things you need
- Computer or paper
Choose the subject of your biography.
Go to the school library and look for other biographies on your subject. If your subject is John Adams, for example, you might use "John Adams, Young Revolutionary" by Jan Adkins and Meryl Henderson, "John Adams Speaks for Freedom" by Deborah Hopkinson and Craig Orback or "John Adams, Independence Forever" by Geoff and Janet Benge as references. If the school library does not have at least three books on your subject, go to the public library. If the books that you need are not there, ask the librarian if the county library system owns them; if it does, the books can be ordered and delivered from another library.
Draft an outline of your biography by using categories such as birth, childhood, education, family, career and death to map out your subject's life.
Expand each category of your outline by adding relevant facts. Describe where and when the person was born and what his childhood was like. Elaborate on her family and where she went to school. Explain the specifics of his career and accomplishments. Conclude with where, when and how the person died.
Cite your sources by including the author's last name and the page number in parentheses every time you use information gleaned from a reference source.
Create a bibliography page where you list the reference sources that you used.
Type and print your report.
Tips and warnings
- Make your report more interesting by including light stories or anecdotes about your subject. If you are writing about John Adams or Thomas Jefferson, for example, you can include the story about the last words each of them spoke: that, on the same day, Adams' last words were "Thomas Jefferson still lives," and Jefferson's last words were "John Adams still lives." Remember to include a note that this anecdote is uncorroborated.
- Use only verifiable and reliable sources in your report. The film "1776," for example, does not count as a verifiable source.
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