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