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Elements of a Biography
Transcript of Elements of a Biography
an account of someone's life written by someone else.
synonyms: life story, life history, life, memoir; informal: bio
Most of us know what a biography is, but what should biography include?
Ten Elements of a Biography
When was the person born?
Where was the person born?
Why was the family in that location at that time?
Birth Place & Date
Any other members of the family who were notable in some way
Interesting stories about childhood or school
Any events that had an impact on their later life
Childhood & School Life
Do the person’s hobbies or activities make them more interesting?
Do the hobbies/activities have a bearing on why they have a biography about them?
Do the hobbies/activities relate to other aspects of their life?
Hobbies, Interests, & Activities
Interesting stories about why they are famous
Interesting stories about the impact they have had on others
Is their career why they have a book written about them?
Is their job similar or different from their hobbies and activities?
Have they made significant
contributions to mankind
through their job?
What did they do that
caused someone to want to write a book about
At what point in their life did they become
Reason for Fame
What did they do near the end of their life?
Did they contribute to society, enjoy life, continue working?
Were they honored in their
lifetime for their
Later Life/ Old Age
When and where did they die?
Was there anything unusual or
significant about their
death? (Ex. Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams
both died on July 4, 1826)
Photographs or artists’ renderings of the person may be included
Photos & Likenesses
You will practice noting these elements by interviewing a classmate