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May 30, 2000

Biographies


People to meet!

From past and present, Education World brings you the many ways to build biographies and inspire through example!

Ways to Teach About Biographies!

  • Building on Biographies -- Bringing Real-Life Stories Into Your Curriculum!
    Who can dispute the value of a good story? Though students may initially view them as dull, biographies are the stuff that great classroom activities are made of -- history, honesty, and heroism. With the help of the Internet, every teacher can bring biographies into their classrooms! Included: Ten activities that begin with biographies!
  • Great Sites For Teaching About: Biographies
    Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About ... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. Internet educator Walter McKenzie selected this week's sites, which are among the best on the Web for teaching about biographies.
  • Wax Museum Biographies Teach and Entertain!
    For the second year, Cheryl Anderson's fifth-graders are performing the "Wax Museum Biographies." The students mentally leave their small South Dakota town -- population 913 -- for such places as the moon, a street in Montgomery, Alabama, or the steps of the White House. Donations for their performances go to charitable activities within the state.
  • Monologues, Poems, and Time Lines-- Biography Lessons Made Easy!
    Four educators opened their files to share lessons that integrate biographies in classroom activities. Using monologues, poems, and time lines, these teachers show children that biographies can be fun as well as informative. Could you use a new method for teaching biography? These educators may have the ideal idea for you!
  • Great Sites for Teaching About ... Biographies
    Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About ... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. Internet educator Walter McKenzie selected this week's sites, which are among the best on the Web for teaching about biographies.

Men and Women of the Past

  • George Washington Lives! -- On the Internet!
    George Washington: Farmer, Soldier, and First President of the United States of America. Students can learn all about him on the Internet -- by George!
  • Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum
    Blast stereotypes with across-the-curriculum activities for students of all ages.
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
    Education World offers a piata full of activities that will help teachers focus attention on the contributions of people of Hispanic heritage to the history of the United States.
  • Heroes Online: Looking to the Web for Those We Can Look Up To
    Introduce your students to heroes online with Web sites devoted to people we can admire. Some heroes have received national acclaim; others work tirelessly and thanklessly for issues close to home and our hearts. You can use the resources of the Web to encourage this type of dedication in your students and get them thinking about the people they look up to!
  • Ten Activities Celebrate Achievements of African Americans!
    A time to commemorate the efforts of African Americans who have crossed boundaries, broken down barriers, and contributed to their fields.
  • Women of Accomplishment: An Internet Scavenger Hunt
    Neglected for years, the historical contributions of women are celebrated! Supplement your textbooks with the other half of history -- the achievements of women -- by posing a question about women's history during every school day of the month!
  • Explore the Explorers Online!
    Columbus and the other early explorers provide your students with the opportunity to explore new worlds -- as well as worlds of knowledge and discovery!
  • Links to Lincoln on the Web!
    Not surprisingly, there's a wealth of information about Abraham Lincoln on the Web. Students of all ages will learn from six great sites; among them are sites created by a high school history teacher, the White House, and a class of first graders.
  • Great Sites For Teaching About.. Explorers
    Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about explorers.
  • Great Sites For Teaching About ... Presidents of the United States
    Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about U.S. presidents.
  • Great Sites For Teaching About ...Heroes
    Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about heroes.
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Renaissance Man
    Businessman, journalist, inventor, diplomat: A new biography of the intriguing and multitalented Benjamin Franklin provides a vivid and colorful look at one of the country's founders.
  • Beyond Columbus: Teaching the Lessons of 1492
    The voyages of Christopher Columbus provide unlimited teaching opportunities -- opportunities that can be pursued without glorifying the man or denigrating his achievements. This year, observe Columbus Day by helping your students explore Web sites that put the controversial explorer's achievements into historical perspective.
  • Women's History Gets its Due on the Web
    Often overlooked by historians, women have contributed to the development of national and international societies just as men have.Their stories may encourage young girls in your classes to make their mark on the history of tomorrow!
  • Amelia Earhart Comes to Life in Two Books for Young Readers
    Amelia Earhart, one of the world's best-known aviators, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to be the first person to fly around the world via an equatorial route. In honor of the anniversary of her birth -- July 24 -- Education World reviews two new children's books that are sure to motivate young readers to learn more.
  • Amelia Earhart
    More than half a century after she disappeared while attempting to circumnavigate the world, Amelia Earhart's name continues to conjure up images of heroism, daring, and mystery. Education World has identified some of the best Web sites dedicated to Amelia Earhart and her contributions to the field of aviation.
  • Sitting Bull: A New Biography
    June 25, 2000, marks the 124th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. A new biography of Sitting Bull sheds light on the Lakota chief who won the battle and fought to maintain his people's way of life.
  • Outrageous Women of the Renaissance: Warriors, Artists, Rulers, and Thieves
    These stories of saints and scoundrels, from Joan of Arc to Moll Frith, prove that the women of the Renaissance were as heroic -- and as scandalous -- as their men.
  • A New Twist on Explorers!
    The unique format of this new "book" will engage young historians and motivate them to explore more about 50 of the greatest adventurers in history -- famous explorers everybody has heard of and some lesser-knowns too!
  • This Bio of Bell Has a Different Ring to It!
    Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life is a biography with a slightly different ring to it!
  • Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
    A picture book from David A. Adler. A "must-have" for school libraries, Adler's compelling story of a Yankee legend will appeal to all readers -- boys and girls, young and old. A great tool for teaching compassion and good citizenship!
  • Meet History's Most "Outrageous" Women!
    Many of their names don't just roll off the tongue, but their stories must be told! Meet the most outrageous women of ancient times in a new book from author Vicki Leon and publisher John Wiley & Sons.
  • Celebrate Henry Ford's Life with a New Bio!
    Ford's life is the focus of a biography for young readers by author Catherine Gourley.
  • Ten African-American Women Who "Dared" to Make a Difference
    From Tonya Bolden and Scholastic, And Not Afraid to Dare profiles ten African-American women who are models of accomplishment, dedication, and perseverance.
  • "Yo, Millard Fillmore!"--
    Want a fast, fun, and easy way to learn about the U.S. presidents? Check out a new book, Yo, Millard Fillmore!, from Millbrook Press. It's a crazy approach to learning that kids will love!

Men and Women of the Present

  • Get to Know Your Favorite Authors -- On the Internet!
    From the bright cheer of picture-book-writer Eric Carle's home page to the direct approach of Aaron Shepard's, authors' pages teem with biographical information, bibliographies, information about specific books, and even, in many cases, activities geared to fun and learning.
  • Hoop Star Bios Score Points with Young Readers
    Biographies of basketball pros Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwon, written for students in grades 3-6, will engage many reluctant readers!

Related Resources From Education World

  • American Biography
    American Biography is produced by Gotha Middle School in Windermere, Florida. The site contains an extensive list of biographies of important figures in American history, past and present, all written by middle-school students!
  • America's Heroes and You
    This curriculum promotes heroes as role models for students in grades 5 through 9 (but can be modified for younger or older students.)
  • Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
    This is a second-grade project about the life and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, highlighting her work on the Underground Railroad.
  • Benjamin Franklin : Glimpses of the Man
    Basic information on Benjamin Franklin's life and accomplishments.
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
    Put on your cap and mitt, let's go to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum! Here's the place to find information about the greatest players of all time.
  • National Women's History Project
    The National Women's History Project was established to provide education, materials, and information on the historic contributions of women to society.
  • The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
    The National Women's History Project was established to provide education, materials, and information on the historic contributions of women to society.
  • John Glenn: Friendship Seven
    The National Women's History Project was established to provide education, materials, and information on the historic contributions of women to society.
  • Einstein:Image and Impact
    Background information on Albert Einstein, his life, his work and his ideas.
  • Exploring Leonardo
    This interactive Web site explores Leonardo Da Vinci: his scientific projects and inventions, his artwork, and the historic time in which he lived
  • Mark Twain Resources
    These pages list resources by or about Mark Twain including texts of his books, exhibits, maxims and quotations, his homes and teaching resources about Twain.
  • Mozart's Magical Musical Life
    This is a simple, light-hearted story about Wolfgang Mozart's life and accomplishments.
  • Vincent van Gogh Information Gallery
    The site has information on all of van Gogh's paintings. It includes some sketches and letters.
  • Newsmaker Bios
    Newsmaker Bios is part of the ABC News Web site. Users will find statistics and background information on personalities currently in the news.
  • Biography Maker
    The Biography Maker is an online, step-by-step process for writing great biographies.
  • Biography
    This is the A&E (Arts & Entertainment) cable channel's Web site for its series "Biography". The site has biographies of more than 20,000 people.

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