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 »

Research Lesson Plan: Choosing a Topic, Researching, and Writing

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students view, analyze, and discuss various BrainPOP videos in order to get an overview of possible research topics. Students then complete the research process in order to synthesize a research paper. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »