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I love encouraging kids to read biographies in February since it includes President’s Day and is Black History Month. So when offered the chance to check out the who?Comic biographies, the timing worked perfectly.
Bill Gates (free), J.K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, Warren Buffett, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Hawking, Coco Chanel, Charles Chaplin, Vincent van Gogh, Marie Curie, Louis Braille, Jean-Henri Fabre, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mao Zedong, Albert Einstein, Henry David Thoreau, Andrew Carnegie, Jane Goodall, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Darwin, Ho Chi Minh, and Kim Dae-Jung.
So far, AJ and I have read J.K. Rowling and Walt Disney — and no kidding, we couldn’t put the books down. (Homework had to wait? Whoops.)
The stories were organized into chapters just like regular books, only told in comic form and on the iPad. Honestly, AJ found them fascinating and so did I. For example, we learned about Walt’s challenging early years. His dad was a mean task-master who refused to let Walt attend school! Walt’s brother, Roy, tried to protect Walt from their father and help Walt practice his art but it was a difficult childhood.
Then, in the Rawlings biography, we learned that Joanne Rowlings invented Harry Potter while riding on a train. Also, how after her mother died, she lived, married, had a baby, and divorced in Portugal. (I always wondered about how she became a single mother on welfare.)
You can see from the below screen shot of the Oprah biography the visually appealing layout of the stories.
After Reading Biographies, Show and Extend the Learning
After reading a biography, it’s always beneficial to do something with the information. Here are some options.
- Make a Fakebook! profile
- Try one of these teacher created biography activities
- Role play
- Learn how to write a time line
- Visit Bio Classroom
- Make a bio cube
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