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How to Write an Educational Biography

Updated March 17, 2017

Educational biography refers to research that covers the lives of educators. Educational biographers can write from a chronological or scholarly perspective, or complete a critical study. The book "John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism" by Alan Ryan offers one such example. An effective educational biography depicts a positive role model who can inspire and unite people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. With a few basic steps, you can write an engaging educational biography.

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  1. Choose the educator you want to cover. Any educator who can encourage others through his example makes an excellent subject. The person should be someone who inspires you.

  2. Research her life. If she is living, interview her, if at all possible. If she is deceased, you might want to interview relatives, especially spouses, children or grandchildren. In any case, read all you can about her. Past newspaper or magazine articles, books, encyclopedias and Internet research can turn up valuable information.

  3. Verify your research. This is extremely important, as you do not want to write anything misleading, or worse yet, inaccurate. Double-check your sources.

  4. Compose an outline of his life. You can organise the biography by time, such as early years, mid-life and later years, or by theme or event.

  5. Develop each section of the outline. Use descriptive prose so the reader connects with the educator. Describe her mannerisms, features, appearance and lifestyle. Pull the reader into the biography by choosing your words carefully and effectively. This will be your rough draft.

  6. Edit the rough draft. Write the final draft. Read it out loud to check for flow and overall sound. This will also help you determine if you are repeating words or phrases.

  7. Tip

    Keep a dictionary and thesaurus handy, or learn to use the one on your computer's word -processing program. These tools will enhance your overall use of descriptive language. Apply relevant principles, such as "Never give up" or "Overcoming enormous obstacles," to the educator's life to encourage readers to emulate his example.

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