From Pages 127-128 & 129-152, Get Ideas & Directives for Creative, Motivating, Multi-Level, Multi-Skills Language Activities That Go Well Beyond Biographies: Short, Short Stories Based on “Messages of People’s Lives.”
26 8.5" x 11" Pages
Who It’s For: Teachers & Learners Wanting to Take Full Advantage of Features of (Famous Figures’) Biographies in Oral & Written Language & Content (Cooperative, Competitive, & Individualized) (Instructional) Activities & Games
Why You Need It: Whether you’re teaching / learning English, Language Skills & Strategies, Critical Thinking, and/or Subject Matter such as History, Geography, Citizenship, (Social) Science, & Culture, you (your students) might appreciate elaborately designed (and therefore engaging) How-to Instructions for Way-Beyond-the-Text Methodologies, Modalities, or Approaches. With Famous Figures’ Biographies as (typical sample) content, here’s impetus for (super-productive) Item-&-Response Activities & Games.
What You’ll / They’ll Do:
 On pages 127-128, see how instructional practice in Pronunciation (especially Syllable-Stress Patterns) can happen with (Parts of) Names in Culture, History, & the Present. Get and deliver Memory Practice, too. On pages 129-131, begin employing “(Biography-Based) Knowledge Items that Do Work.” Learn how to utilize three Kinds of Questions (Yes/No, Multiple-Choice, Short-Answer) along with Task-Instructions starting with Tell, Name, Give; Choose, Eliminate, Sequence; and the like. Make the most out of these kinds of Item & Response Activities: Just Answer the Question, Collect Knowledge Quickly, Recycle Questions & Answers, Write It Down, Who Am I? (Circulation Game), Play Twenty Questions, Identify Mystery People.
 From pages 132 to 135, be amazed at the variety of activity that can arise when playing (illustrated & textual) Grid-Board Games, which include 1-2-3 in Sequence, Tic-Tac-Toe, and types of educational Lotto / Bingo involving (Famous) Names, Matching, Main-Idea Statements & Questions, and more. Pages 136-137 offer (Variations on) Path-Board Games, including The Game of Knowledge: Biographies. (Sample) Playing-Cards with Portraits (Drawings) on their faces & Names & Notes on their backs are part of Instructions for (creation of +) game play with Biography Decks on pages 138-141. On the next two pages are suggestions for Classification Activities that get learners to Arrange from General to Specific, Organize, Engage in Games, & Play “Categories.”
 Four pages on Researching (Finding Visuals & Info) have participants Start Out with Portraits, Identify Faces, List Clues, Do Matching, Continue with Quotations, & Name (& Find Out About) 103 Famous People in a Painting. Pages 148-150 cover Written Skills Activities. Everyone gets to Gather (Biographical) Information, Compose & Write Papers, Optimize Composition Use, Create (Auto)Biographies, & Develop Group “Life Now” Booklets for everyone involved in the teaching / learning process. The H-01.06 Download ends with referrals to other Bio-related materials.