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    Characteristics of a Biography #1
   A story about a real person
    Characteristics of a Biography # 2
   Shows that the author knows a lot
    about the person
   The author must do extensive
    research on the subject by
    conducting interviews, reading
    books, scripts, etc.
    Characteristics of a Biography # 3
   Describes the person’s environment
   Such as, where, when and how they
    Characteristics of a Biography# 4
   Provides details that show the person
    in action
   Such as, their accomplishments,
    goals, behavior, etc.
    Characteristics of a Biography # 5
   Shows how the person affects other
   Such as, changes that they made in
    a person’s life which could include
    new discoveries in science and
    medicine or changes in laws; helping
    people, and includes the artists
    Characteristics of a Biography #6
   States or implies how the writer feels
    about the person
   Different authors will or may have a
    different view point of the person
   The author’s point of view could be
    positive or negative
       Finding a Biography
   The call number of a biography is
    indicated by a B
   Under the B are the first three letters
    of the person’s last name that the
    book is about.
   For example,
    Martin Luther King
    Different types of Biographies
   First-hand biography
   Autobiography
   Collective Biography
   Unauthorized Biography
        First Hand Biography
   Reveals another person though the
    eyes of a writer who has had an
    ongoing, face-to-face, personal
    relationship with the person

   The main character is the author
   For example, if you were to write a
    biography about yourself, then that
    would be an autobiography
   Recounts key incidents/events in the
    author’s life
   Describes major influences (people,
    events, places) on the writer

                      A home

      A teacher         Home      A Speech
   Describes interactions between the
    writer and significant people in his or
    her life

      A teacher      A pastor   A father   A mother
         Visual and Oral Forms
   Pictures and paintings that depict
    events or people they are familiar
   Photo albums or video tapes that
    record important moments in their
   Skits and plays based on their life
      More Visual and Oral Forms
   Informal anecdotes about their lives,
    shared in conversations with friends
    and family
   Tangible mementos and souvenirs,
    such as awards, seashells, or favorite
    childhood toys
    Finding an Autobiography
   The call number is also indicated by
   Under the B are the first three letters
    of the person’s last name that the
    book is about
   Remember the person that the book
    is about is also the author
       Collective Biography
   Has many different biographies that
    are all contained in one book
   An example, Meet the Presidents by
    Cindy Bardon
   This book would be found in 920 BAR
   This book is about many different
    United States Presidents
    Finding a Collective Biography
   The call number is 920. Under the
    number 920 are the first three
    letters of the last name of the author
    of the book
     Unauthorized Biography
   Biography about a person that was
    not approved by the subject that
    the book is about
   These are usually about celebrities.
   Risk of suit is great
   Purpose is the entertain