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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

BIOGRAPHY REPORT


In order to explore the genre of “biography” in written work, the Biography Book Report will be assigned during Black History Month in Grade 6 Literacy class.
You have been assigned an individual who has made a mark in society. You will research your individual and then take your information and submit a report.
This project was issued on Monday, February 2, 2009
This project will be DUE on Monday, March 9, 2009.
Your project will have 3 parts: a written report, a visual poster, and an oral report. Use the requirements that follow to complete your report and visual. Check off each requirement after you have completed it.
Part One: Written Report
Book Report Cover
Create an interesting book cover for your Biography Book Report. This may be hand drawn or computer generated, provided it is your original work.


  • Include your name, group, the title of the book, and the author in an imaginative way.

  • Include a creative illustration that shows something important about the book.

  • The source for all computer generated clip art must be appropriately cited.


Book Report Contents: Your report should follow the format below:
First paragraph (introduction) should include:


  • The title, author, and a brief description of why the subject of the book is important.


Middle paragraphs should include:


  • Identify at least one, but no more than three, character trait this person possessed and explain how it contributed to his/her success.

  • Explain how this person began in his/her field.

  • Were there any obstacles he/she had to overcome? Name any weaknesses, failures, or disappointments the subject had.

  • Who were (if any) the important people in this person’s life. Did the subject have a hero or role model who set an example?

  • Facts (details) about how this person contributed to his/her field or specialty.

  • What is the achievement(s) for which he/she is best known?

  • The part of this person’s life you admire the most, and why.

  • Something that surprised you the most about this person.


Concluding paragraph(s) should include:


  • A summation of the body of the report, including whether or not you think this book gives an honest account of your subject.



Part Two and Three: Poster and Oral Report
Poster: Use a standard-sized poster board which includes:


  • Title of the biography and name of the author

  • A timeline showing important achievements

  • A direct quote from the book which you feel accurately portrays the subject of your biography

  • 2-3 pictures related to your subject. These may be hand drawn, photocopied, or from the Internet. You must cite your source

  • All work must be neat and visually appealing


Oral Report: Prepare a 3-5 minute oral report on your subject.

Note cards are required.




  • Use your poster as an aide to guide you during the oral report.

  • Be prepared to answer questions from the audience

  • Review the rubric for the oral presentation carefully as you practice your delivery of the oral presentation.


Name______________________
Group_____________________
Grade 6

Black History Month Biography Book Report

Graphic Organizer
Subject Name:___________________________
Important Characteristics

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Important Contributions

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Things you admire about this person

1.


2.


3.


4.


5.



Reason this person is famous

1.


2.


3.


4.


5.



Events that made this person important

1.


2.


3.


4.


5.




List any obstacles, weaknesses, failures or disappointments suffered by the subject and how they overcame them.

1.


2.


3.


4.


5.




Important people in the subject’s life

1.


2.


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4.


5.



Grade 6

Black History Month Biography Book Report

Grading Rubric
Written Book Report: Topic Development Rubric

6

Outstanding

  • Rich topic/idea development

  • Careful organization throughout essay

  • Effective/rich use of language (includes all elements, topics and areas spelled out in instructions).




5

Proficient

  • Full topic/idea development

  • Logical organization throughout essay

  • Strong details

  • Appropriate use of language




4 Intermediate

  • Moderate topic/ idea development and organization

  • Adequate, relevant details

  • Some variety in language




3

Novice

  • Rudimentary (basic) topic/idea development and/or development

  • Basic supporting details

  • Some variety in language




2 Needs

Improvement





1

Unsatisfactory

  • Little topic/idea development, organization, and/or details

  • Little or no awareness of audience and/or task





Biography Book Report Standard English Convention Rubric

4 Outstanding


  • Control of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics (length and complexity of essay provide opportunity for student to show control of standard English conventions).

3 Intermediate

  • Errors do not interfere with communications and/or

  • Few errors relative to the length of essay or complexity of sentence structure, grammar an usage, and mechanics

2 Novice

  • Errors interfere somewhat with communications and/or

  • Too many errors relative to the length of the essay or complexity of sentence structure, grammar and usage and mechanics

1Unsatifactory

  • Errors seriously interfere with communication and

  • Little control of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics


Biography Book Report-Poster Rubric

Category

4

Outstanding


3

Proficient

2

Satisfactory

1

Unsatisfactory

Required

Elements

The poster includes all required elements as well as additional information

All required elements are included on the poster

Most of the required elements are included on the poster

Several required elements were missing

Title, Author’s name, Timeline, Quotation, and any Picture Captions

All written work is neat, bold (stands out), and large enough to be read from at least 3 feet away

Most written work is neat, bold, and large enough to be read from at least 3 feet away

Some written work is neat, bold, and large enough to be read from 3 feet away

Written work is too small or messy to be read from 3 feet away

Graphic

Relevance

All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand. All borrowed graphics have a source citation

All graphics are related to the topic and most make it easier to understand. Some borrowed graphics have a source citation

All graphics relate to the topic. Not all borrowed graphics have a source citation.

Graphics do not relate to the topic OR several borrowed graphics do not have a source citation

Attractive-ness

The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness


The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness

The poster could be neater and better organized

The poster is Unacceptably messy.

Grammar

There are no grammatical

/mechanical mistakes on the poster



There are few gram-matical/

Mecha-nical mistakes on the poster



There are several grammatical/mechanical mistakes on the poster.

The grammatical/

Mechanical mistakes make the poster difficult to understand



Biography Book Report Oral Presentation Rubric

Category

3 Exceptional

2 Satisfactory

1 Needs Improvement

Audibility

All parts of the audience can easily hear the presentation

Speaker cannot clearly be heard by all of the audience

Audience can’t hear any part of the report

Speaker

Enthusiasm

Speaker enthusiasm highly visible

Speaker moderately enthused

No display of enthusiasm by speaker

Speaker

Mannerism

Speaker displays no distracting mannerisms

Speaker displays some distracting mannerisms

Audience totally distracted

Eye Contact

Speaker displays eye contact with all sections of the audience

Speaker displays some eye contact with the audience

Speaker displays no eye contact with the audience


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