Biography and autobiography

Phase 1
Children explore the biography of a particular person as presented in a range of different texts, on paper and on screen. They build up a picture of the life from the various perspectives offered, as well as discussing and evaluating the differences between the texts.

Phase 2
Children access the same biography from an audio or audio-visual source, make notes and then prepare and give an oral presentation to answer some key questions about the person’s life.

Phase 3
Children reread and analyse some of the biography and autobiography texts, identifying key language, structure, organisation and presentational features as preparation for writing.

Phase 4
Following teacher modelling, children set their own writing challenge and, based on a range of biographical information, write biographies (or simulated autobiographies) of the person concerned, selecting their own approach and medium, as required by the purpose and audience.