Assessing Biographies

Studying the mistress of biography : Jean Fritz

 

 

When using biographies in your classroom, spend some time evaluating the biographies you offer your students. Begin with the chart below, skimming first, then moving into the text itself, and concluding with the place for this book in your classroom. Keep in mind that not every biography need be exemplary. If we truly want children to be able to assess quality, we must also expose them to materials and texts of lower literary merit.

Assessing a Biography

Category

Ranking

Comments

Judging a book by its cover 

 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +

 

 

Considering chapter titles 

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +

 

 

Pictures and photos

 

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +

 

 

 

Facts: What's there, what's not, what shouldn't be and why 

 

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +

 

 

 

Bias

 

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +

 

 

 

 Writing style

 

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +

 

 

 

 Usefulness  

 

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +

 

 

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