The next week, the students perform a readers' theatre script of the book from Library Sparks. I love readers' theatre and so do my students. They love this chance to practice public speaking.
In the past, I have broken the students into groups to read the remaining three biographies and write scripts, but this year took a different turn.
This unit includes weekly discussions about where biographies are located, how to identify them and how they are organized. I have also used this unit to highlight the importance of reading more than one biography on a subject.These three picture book biographies could not be more different in their approach and style.
I put out some paper for the students to reflect on the unit thus far.
When asked what they know about biographies they said this:
When asked about the strengths and weaknesses of each biography, they said this:
When asked why picture book biographies matter, they said this:
Readers' Theatre here we come!