Lesson Plan: Biographical Stories

For Grades 2 to 4: This lesson introduces students to a specific story structure, biographies. Students will research and develop a narrative surrounding a famous figure: Martin Luther King, Jr..

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Subject: Social Studies, Writing
Target Skills: Understanding Story Structure and Development, Biographical Writing, Research
Goal: Students will map out an informational narrative surrounding a key event in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King using the storyboard template.

The lesson plan includes:

LESSON PLAN
Biographical Stories: Outline, Procedure, Adaptations/Modifications, Assessment, Activity Expansion

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STORYBOARDS
Li’l Stories storyboard templates are designed to help organize and guide students through formulating their ideas into a fluid story.

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CUSTOM STORYBOARDS WITH PRE-FILLED INPUTS
Martin Luther King, Jr., Montgomery Bus, Courthouse, March on Washington

 

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TEACHERS’S GUIDE WITH ACTIVITY IDEAS, CURRICULUM MAP
Our teacher’s guide describes the Li’l Stories framework and materials in detail. It includes activity ideas, implementation tips, the curriculum map, and its alignment to common core.

Resources_CurriculumMap

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LI’L STORIES CONTENT CARDS: BIOGRAPHIES
The set includes fact cards (Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Beatrix Potter, and Abraham Lincoln) and a guiding questions card designed to trigger ideas.

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LI’L STORIES CONTENT CARDS: STORY ELEMENTS
The set includes story elements (character, setting, plot, and story sequence) question triggers to help students get started in thinking about developing their ideas for new stories.

Cards_StoryElements


INSTRUCTIONS
• Download lesson plan
• Print teacher’s guide, storyboards and curriculum map on 11” by 17” sheets of paper.
• Print content cards on 8 1/2” by 11” sheets of paper, fold along the dashed line and laminate.
• Use 2″ by 2″ Post-its if you’d like students to be able to edit their stories.