Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
Russell Freedman was born in 1929 in San Francisco and has written about 50 biographies for young readers. Freedman received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal and a National Humanities Medal. "The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane" is a biography that discusses the life and work of Wilbur and Orville Wright. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the author of "The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane" and the genre of a biography.
1) Independent Work: Library Research and Written Summary: Students should find information on Russell Freedman's background, including the number of languages he knows, where he grew up, his education, and writing career. Summarize the information found in a 2-3 paragraph biography.
2) Pair Work:
a) Discuss and Define: Students should discuss and define the terms "genre" and "biography."
b) Chart: Students should create a chart to outline the benefits and...
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