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Biography Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers can be very useful for collecting and organizing the information used to write a biography.

These graphic organizers guide the student through finding pertinent information about a person, and listing it. After all the fields in the graphic organizer are completed, the student can more easily write a biography.

For example, this type of graphic organizer can be used to choose write the biography of an explorer, inventor, scientist, leader, or artist.

Timelines can be also be very useful for summarizing a person's life.

For a page on how to write a report about an explorer, click here.

For a page on how to write a report about an inventor and their invention, click here.

Printouts Useful for Writing Biographies:


Biography Chart Printout

This biography graphic organizer consists of a series of rectangles. It prompts the student to list the person, the birth (date and place), family, early life, education, adult life, major accomplishments, how the accomplishments changed the world, and death (date and place).


Biography of an Athlete Chart Printout

This athlete biography graphic organizer consists of a series of rectangles. It prompts the student to list the person, the birth (date and place), family, early life, education, adult life, Titles, World Records, and/or Medals Won, how the accomplishments affected his/her sport, and death (date and place).


Biography Printout

This biography graphic organizer consists of an oval (with the person's name) surrounded by data rectangles. It prompts the student to list the person, the birth (date and place), family, early life, education, adult life, major accomplishments, how the accomplishments changed the world, and death (date and place).


Biography Pyramid Printout

This biography graphic organizer consists of a series of rectangles arranged in a pyramid. It prompts the student to list the person, the birth (date and place), family, early life/education, adult life, major accomplishments, how the accomplishments changed the world, and death (date and place).


Biography Printout: Circles

This circular biography graphic organizer consists of an oval (with the person's name) surrounded by data sectors. It prompts the student to list the person, the birth (date and place), family, early life/education, major accomplishments, how the accomplishments changed the world, and death (date and place).
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Biography Book Report Wheel

Make a biography book report wheel using this 2-page print-out; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. The student fills out the parts of the book report, including: Subject of the Biography, Date and Place of Birth, Early Life and Education, Career, Family and Children, Major Accomplishment(s), How the Subject Changed the World, Date and Place of Death. When you spin the wheel, the the parts of the book report appear, one at a time. The student then answers the questions, "If you met the subject of this biography, what questions would you ask? Did you like this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? Explain why."


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