From Biographies: Short, Short Stories Based on “Messages of People’s Lives,” Pages 12 & 15-40, Comprised of Instructions, 12 Two-Sided Basic-Beginning Readings 1-12 + 18 Two-Sided High-Beginning Readings 13-30, Both with “Mastery-Quiz Summary Items” + Answer Keys
27 8.5"x 11" Pages
Who It’s For: Teachers, English Learners, New Readers, & Other Beginners Ready to Get into Reading, Learning (Language & Content) from, & Reacting to Biographies of some of the Most Significant Figures in the History of the World.
Why You Need It: At the heart of a course or unit on Biographies of Famous-Figures are the biographical readings themselves, probably with Exercises that promote comprehension / learning and Mastery Checks. At Low– to High-Beginning Learning-Proficiency Levels, here are 30 Selections, three-to-a-page, each with Vocabulary, Main-Point, & Important Supporting-Info Exercises on their reverse sides. There are two two-page “Mastery Quizzes” + Answer Keys.
What You’ll / They’ll Do:
 Excerpted from an earlier section, page 12 is titled “30 Beginning-Level Biographies 1-12 & 13-30 on text pages 15 to 24 & 25 to 38.” Read the page for Explanation of the formatting, principles, aims, and features of the Biographies, Comprehension Aids, & Quizzes that follow. It also suggests how to make good use of them.
 To introduce the subject matter of Basic-Beginning Biographies 1-12 to a group, on a board or screen you might print the names of their Famous Figures—Abraham, Adam & Eve, Albert Einstein, Ann Frank, Barack Obama, Harry Potter, Jesus Christ, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, Mohammed, Mohammed Ali, Queen Elizabeth II. For “Pre-Reading Warm-Up,” participants can tell what they already know about one or more of them; alternatively, in random order you can make main-idea statements about them for listeners to react to. (Example: “He’s a world-famous Disney cartoon character.” Answer: “Mickey Mouse.”)
 If you print out pages 15 through 21 back to back (on stiff paper, preferably in color), you will have four two-sided pages that can be cut horizontally into thirds. The result will be a 12-Selection “Reading Kit” of Biographies 1-12 to use in a variety of (suggested) engaging, motivating ways—with / without the corresponding Learning Aids on the reverse side; as a whole-class oral lesson, a silent reading activity, an “Expert Game,” or something else. After participants have had a chance to understand the material, they can complete the pages 37-38 Mastery Test on screen or paper—cooperatively, independently, or competitively. Answers are on page 39.
 The same, equivalent, or different procedures (from those of Steps  & ) can be applied to High-Beginning Biographies 13-30 on pages 25-36, 37-39. Answers are on page 40.
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