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Biography Book Report
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8
By: Upsadaisy

Instructions and rubric for students to complete a book report on a biography of their choice. (Grade 5)


Students will write a book report after reading a biography of their choice.





If the biography you read did not contain some of this information, please look it up online or in an encyclopedia.

  1. Cover page:
    Include a drawing of your character, the title of the biography, the author of the biography and your name.

  2. Page one:
    Tell the date and place where your character was born and raised. Don’t include too many family details or details about habits and hobbies that don’t have anything to do with their later work.

  3. Describe the early life of your character. Tell about what kind of person he or she was. What was it about your character that helped him or her to succeed? Did your character know what he or she wanted to become in the future? How did your character prepare for his or her future?

  4. Page two:
    Tell about the work your character did. Tell why his or her contribution was important, why the work was important. Did he or she invent something or teach others? How did he or she change the world? What lasting effects did your character have on the lives of others?

  5. Page three:
    What should we all know about your character? How do we benefit today from him or her? What do you think was the most impressive thing about your character?

  6. Page four:
    Tell how your character has inspired you. In what ways would you like to be him or her?

You will be graded according to the following criteria:

Followed the instructions (format and content)
This means that everything you write will be on the correct page and that you have included all the necessary information.

Clarity and continuity of thought
This means that your ideas are presented in logical order and are easy to understand.

Paragraph form
This means that you have separate paragraphs for each new idea, you have used a topic sentence for each new paragraph, and sentences are complete and include correct punctuation. New paragraphs should be indented. You should use one inch margins.

Check your spelling before handing in the report.

Any corrections on the final draft should be done neatly.


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