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Biography Sentence Starters

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 5 pages | Grades: 2 - 6

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.  

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Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

In addition to independent student work time, use these prompts as an in-class or homework assignment to support lessons in:

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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