Friday, January 13, 2012

Upcoming Biography Book Report

As we continue our study of nonfiction texts, we are so excited to announce our upcoming biography book report. We will fully explain the details to the students with handouts and examples on Tuesday, but in short, this biography book report will ask students to read a book about a famous man or woman. From there, they must make a trading card featuring their subject. The culminating event will be a 2-3 minute oral presentation in which the student will dress up as their subject and give a speech in character. Students DO NOT need to prepare for this over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, we are only asking that they come to class with 2-3 possible people (not athletes!) to research. Students will get approval for their famous person by Friday, January 20, and must have the book they will read by Monday, January 23. More details to come!

See the list below for possible ideas:

Famous North Carolinians

David Brinkley TV newscaster, Wilmington
Howard Cosell sportscaster, Winston-Salem
Elizabeth Hanford Dole public official, Salisbury
James B. Duke industrialist, Durham
Roberta Flack singer, Black Mountain
Richard Gatling inventor, Hertford County
Billy Graham evangelist, Charlotte
Andy Griffith actor, Mount Airy
O. Henry writer, Greensboro
Andrew Johnson U.S. president, Raleigh
Charles Kuralt TV journalist, Wilmington
Dolley Payne Madison first lady, Guliford County
Thelonious Monk pianist, Rocky Mount
Edward R. Murrow commentator, Greensboro
James K. Polk U.S. president, Mechlenburg
William Sydney Porter author, Greensboro
Randy Travis musician, Charlotte
Thomas Clayton Wolfe author, Asheville

Famous Men and Women from the "Other 49"

Alexander Graham Bell
Daniel Boone
Louis Braille
James Buchanan
Johnny Cash
Cesar Chavez
William Clark and Meriwether Lewis
Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
Christopher Columbus
David Crockett
Walt Disney
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Henry Ford
Benjamin Franklin
Hank Greenberg
Ulysses S. Grant
Patrick Henry
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Abraham Lincoln
Charles Lindbergh
Thurgood Marshall
Jane Addams
Susan B. Anthony
Clara Barton
Beverly Cleary
Marie Curie
Amelia Earhart
Anne Frank
Jane Goodall
Helen Keller
Dolley Madison
Georgia O'Keefe
Annie Oakley
Rosa Parks
Eleanor Roosevelt
Betsy Ross
Harriet Tubman
Martha Washington
Laura Ingalls Wilder