A biography is the story of someone’s life--but it’s a lot more than just a list of events, dates, and times. In this movie, Tim and Moby explain the elements that make biographies compelling works of literature, and go over the steps you can take to write a biography of your own! You’ll learn about different types of biographies, from thick, scholarly books to hit movies and TV shows. You’ll hear about the differences between primary and secondary sources, and gain helpful tips about how you can conduct your research. You’ll discover how recognizing patterns in a subject’s life can help you craft a compelling narrative, and why you should skip over some portions of a subject’s story while emphasizing others. Whether you want to write about a long-dead statesman, or a popular contemporary athlete, BrainPOP’s biography movie will give you the tools to make it happen!

Biography Lesson Plan: An Introduction to Biographies

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 1-5, students will use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about biographies. Students will then select a person whose biography they would like to read (or watch a short video about on BrainPOP). Finally, students will write their own biography on a selected person. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Biography Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about biography writing. The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Biography. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »

Biography Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about reading biographies and biography writing. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Biography topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »