Yes, it’s that time of year again in my town – time for the annual biography assignment. Rather than vent, as I have in years past (here, here, and here), this year, I decided to Venn. In any case, I hope you get a chuckle out of it.
While my Venn diagram may be tongue-in-cheek, it does highlight an annual dilemma for students, teachers, and librarians – how to satisfactorily satisfy everyone’s needs. Here are my suggestions; I hope to hear yours.
Consider the following:
- Lower the page number requirement.
- Allow picture book biographies in conjunction with supplemental information from quality databases or encyclopedias if the book is insufficient.
- Allow graphic novels. Some are better than traditional biographies!
- Consult with your school or public librarian before assigning the project – two heads are better than one.
- Read more biographies. A good booktalk is worth its weight in gold.
- Prepare to inspire! If you don’t have the book the student wants, suggest another one. (see above)
- Call the teacher or your public school counterpart and ask how you may be helpful (two heads, remember?)