Biography Teaching Guides

Stack of books  Use biographies to connect historical events with real-life experiences. Students will explore history through the lives of ordinary, famous, and notable individuals. Through memoirs, picture-book biographies, and autobiographies, students will gain valuable insight into life during times of war and periods of great social change. They'll examine the life and work of political figures, abolitionists, scientists, musicians, artists, writers, athletes, and entrepreneurs. These literature guides for biographies will help you plan Common Core-aligned lessons and activities using nonfiction texts.


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