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Title: Ten Elements of Biography


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Ten Elements of Biography
  • Mrs. Youse

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Non-Fiction Books about People
  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • Memoirs

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Biography
  • biography n. pl. biographies
  • An account of a person's life written, composed,
    or produced by another a film biography of Adlai
    Stevenson an oral biography.
  • Biographies considered as a group, especially
    when regarded as a genre.
  • The writing, composition, or production of
    biographies a career entirely devoted to
    biography.

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Autobiography
  • n. pl. autobiographies
  • The biography of a person written by that person

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Memoirs
  • memoir     (m m wär , -wôr )n.
  • An account of the personal experiences of an
    author.
  • An autobiography. Often used in the plural.
  • A biography or biographical sketch.
  • A report, especially on a scientific or scholarly
    topic.
  • memoirs The report of the proceedings of a
    learned society.

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The 10 Elements
  • Birthdate and place
  • Family Members
  • Childhood and School Life
  • Hobbies, Interests, and Activities
  • Anecdotes
  • Career
  • Reason for Fame
  • Later Life/Old Age
  • Death
  • Photos and Likenesses

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Birthplace and date
  • When was the person born?
  • Where was the person born?
  • Why was the family in that location at that time?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthplace, Atlanta, GA
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Family Members
  • Birth Order
  • Spouse, Children
  • Any other members of the family who were notable
    in some way

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Childhood and School Life
  • Interesting stories about childhood or school
  • Early achievements
  • Any events that had an impact on their later life

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Hobbies, Interests, and Activities
  • Do the persons 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?

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Anecdotes
  • Interesting stories about why they are famous
  • Interesting stories about the impact they have
    had on others

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Career
  • 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?

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Reason for Fame
  • What did they do that caused someone to want to
    write a book about them?
  • At what point in their life did they become
    famous?

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Later Life/Old Age
Commodore Grace Hopper, USN
  • 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
    achievements?

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Death
  • 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)

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Photos and Likenesses
  • Photographs or artists renderings of the person
    may be included

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Where are biographies found in the library?
  • The 900s

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The 10 Elements
  • Birthdate and place
  • Family Members
  • Childhood and School Life
  • Hobbies, Interests, and Activities
  • Anecdotes
  • Career
  • Reason for Fame
  • Later Life/Old Age
  • Death
  • Photos and Likenesses

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