Give students a jumpstart on writing about people with 24 sentence starters.
Strengthen Your Students’ Biography Writing Skills
Do you constantly hear, “But I don’t know what to write!”?
That makes this activity the perfect opportunity for your students to become self-sufficient writers.
With these writing prompts, students will get a helpful little boost to help them describe their biography subject. Students will simply choose a prompt and use their research to complete the first sentence…
And, ideally, the next one.
And the next one!
Some examples of included writing prompts are:
At a young age…
His/Her lasting legacy is that…
One of the interesting things about…
By completing this activity, students demonstrate an ability to write informative text that introduces facts from their research.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
In addition to independent student work time, use these prompts as an in-class or homework assignment to support lessons in:
- Informative writing
- Biography writing
- Black History Month
- Women’s History Month
- Personal & family history
- American history
Students who need extra support can work on this activity in a 1:1 teacher intervention setting or your guided writing group.
Easily Prepare This Resource
Click on the Download button to access your full-color PDF. We have also included blank prompt cards to add your own prompts in Adobe Reader.
You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.
Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
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