Book Project 2: Biography

12 09 2011

Writing a biography is writing someone’s life story. Take a good look at the last word in that sentence – that’s the key – story.  A biography isn’t just a list of dates, places, and names that relate to a person, it’s the story of their life.  Stories are engaging and interesting.  A good biography brings the subject to life, makes your readers actually care about what they did.  No one wants to read a boring list of facts, no one wants to write a boring list of facts either, so we won’t.
The biographies we’re going to write are ones that tell the story of an author’s life in connection with one of their most popular books, so the first thing we’re going to do is pick a book to read.

Below is a list of some very famous authors and some of their most popular books.  Pick a book that is at an appropriate reading level for you.  If you need to, select a children’s or abridged version of the book.  If you’re ready to challenge yourself, pick one that’s a little more difficult.  Some of these books will require permission from your parents.  Check with your teacher before you begin reading to make sure you have a book at your level.  Many of these books are available for free online.  You can download them here. 

 Authors                        Books you might like                                         

Mark Twain                            Huckleberry Finn*, Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, or short stories

Jack London                          Call of the Wild, White Fang, Sea Wolf, short stories

John Steinbeck                     The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men*, The Grapes of Wrath

Harper Lee                             To Kill a Mockingbird*

Ray Bradbury                        too many to list

L. Frank Baum                        The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Laura Ingalls Wilder             Little House on the Prairie

Louisa May Alcott                 Little Women

Herman Melville                     Moby Dick, Billy Budd

James Fenimore Cooper       The Last of the Mochicans

Stephan Crane                       The Red Badge of Courage

Fred Gipson                           Old Yeller

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings  The Yearling

Esther Forbes                         Johnny Tremain

Scott O’Dell                             Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Black Pearl

Gary Paulsen                           Hatchet

L.M. Montgomery                  Anne of Green Gables (series)

Washington Irving                Short stories

Edgar Allan Poe                     short stories/poems

Maya Angelou                        poems

Langston Hughes                   poems

Robert Frost                          poems

Emily Dickinson                     poems                                                 *need parental permission to read these for class




3 responses

12 09 2011

if i choose poetry by frost, how many poems should i read? also how many short stories should i read if i would pick poes stories thenn how many short stories should i read?

12 09 2011
Minooka TAP

Find a book of Frost poetry, then we’ll look at it together and decide how many you need to read. Same thing if you decide on Poe.

19 09 2011

Do you have a To Kill A Mocking Bird book I could borrow?

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