I want to carry out an experiment with you and see whether you are ready to work on the blog with me and your classmates. It will be fun, but you will have to work a bit harder. Are you ready to enter this new challenge? Hope so. I will give you a try.
I want you to write the biography of an important person, a hero or heroine who played an important role in the history of mankind.
We will learn the real life stories of brave men and women who have brought change in the world with their path breaking ideas and actions. The biographies of famous world leaders help us to know the people, their achievements and contributions that have shaped the course of our world. We will be inspired by their ideas, thoughts and lives of selfless service to others.
For each biography give their picture, name, date and place of birth, occupation, date of death (if not alive), their early life, personal life, their calling or political life, and major accomplishments.
These two documents will help you too:
Go to the following biography sites; some of them are sites for kids I know it, but the level of English is ideal for you, trust me!
If you are not happy with the sites, you can find your own by using these words in your search engine. For example if you want to write the biography of Leonardo you can google “Leonardo Da Vinci for kids”. This is what I got:
I wanted to write the biography of Nelson Mandela, to commemorate the recent loss of this great father to humanity. I googled “Nelson Mandela for kids” and I found this interesting site, have a look at it, it may inspire you too!
The Time Magazine for Kids is a very useful site to resort to. You just type in the name of the person whose biography you want to write and you see whether you can get any help. I did it for Mandela and see what I got:
The BBC website is another precious source, full of great information, quizzes, games. Let’s play the Mandela Game together:
Then there is www.history.com
- Choose an important person in the history of mankind.
- Find some information and write the biography. Use the attached documents to help you understand how to write a biography. Remember: do not cut and paste. Read different sources and write the content of the biography in your own words.
- Choose a photo of the famous person. Use Fotobabble http://www.fotobabble.com/ and create a talking photo in which you say in a few words why you chose this person. This tutorial may help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYxalI2ql1U
- Post the biography you wrote and the fotobabble you created so that your classmates will learn from you too, and not just from the teacher. I will learn from you as well.
- We will vote the most interesting biographies and fotobabbles.
This is mine fotobabble for Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela is a man that touched my heart and changed me as a person. He will always be remembered as a hero in the history of mankind, because he did not just serve his country, but the whole world. Like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, he is a man that fought for justice. With endless energy and determination, with great intelligence and gifted speech, he withstood injustice and won freedom for himself and for his people in South Africa. Some of his words made and make me feel less lonely and give me hope both as a teacher and as a woman. I wish there were a person like Madiba in each country of this planet. We would definitely live in a better and more just world. Italy indeed would benefit from the moral stature of this great statesman. Long live the memory of Nelson Mandela.
The second stage of this experiment is writing our own biography. It will be a Personal Narrative and these documents will help you.
You choose what to share with me and the rest of the class. Ideally briefly write about your main interests and passions, your ideals and hopes. Mention an anecdote in your life that cast light on you. There must be something that makes us understand how unique and special you are, how you can potentially make a difference in this world too if you want to.
This time use Bookr to write your photobook. http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/
This tutorial may help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgbzbkyB4bs