Biographies and Memoirs


In this lesson plan, students will differentiate biographies from memoirs. They will read and critique a biography of a famous person in history. Students will write a memoir about their life. This lesson is perfect for students who are interested in history and writing.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of biographies and memoirs! In this lesson, we’ll be learning all about these two writing styles. Biographies are written accounts of someone’s life, while memoirs are first-hand accounts of someone’s experiences. Both styles are fascinating to read, and can teach us a lot about the people who wrote them.

This lesson will introduce you to the structure of biographies and memoirs. We’ll learn what information is typically included in these types of books, and what we can learn from reading them. You’ll also get the chance to write your own chapter of a memoir! So grab a pen and some paper, and let’s get started.

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5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.