Subject: Language Arts
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Students write and illustrate biographies of inventors.
Students practice writing skills as they learn about the personal qualities that foster creativity.
Extension: Invite students to post the biographies they write on the class Web site.
- Read aloud, or have students read, biographies of Ben Franklin and Richard Drew.
- Ask: What personal qualities helped Benjamin Franklin and Richard Drew become successful inventors?
- Brainstorm with students a list of additional questions about inventors. (See Formulating Questions for more suggestions.)
- Have students explore print and/or online resources containing biographies of inventors.
- Tell each student to choose one inventor, research his or her life, and find the answers to the questions about inventors developed in the brainstorming session.
- Have students use those answers to write and illustrate a biography of the inventor chosen. (See Research, Organize, and Present Information for additional suggestions.)
- Ask students to present their reports to the class.
Evaluate students on the quality of their biographies. Try such rubrics as the Cyber Science Mag Biography Rubric or the About.com Biography Rubric.
Lesson Plan Source
Learn About What It Takes to be an Inventor