Welcome to the Biography Clearinghouse
Biography is a dynamic genre and an important component in every elementary and middle-level curriculum. As diversifying the curriculum is a national imperative, contemporary biographies explore the lives of diverse peoples throughout history and around the globe. Biographies reveal the diversity of people who have helped to shape government, the arts, science, sports, industry, and entertainment. Biographies also infuse the language arts, science, social studies, math, and integrated arts curriculum with models of agency and perseverance. To that end, enjoy browsing our featured biographies, related resources and teaching invitations, and consider how you might use them with your students.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Tanya Lee Stone)
William Still and His Freedom Stories (Don Tate)
What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? (Chris Barton)
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere (Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Katherine Roy)
Maritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl (Tonya Bolden)
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Biographies can be read for both personal pleasure and academic learning. Biographies can shape readers’ understanding of the world and their connection with the past and present. Biographies can evoke students’ wonder and prompt them to ask questions about the world. Through the telling of life stories biographies can help students build empathy.
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