Write Your Own Biography

Write Your Own Biography

by Natalie M. Rosinsky
     
 

Writing tips and activities to help reades become writers of biographies.

Overview

Writing tips and activities to help reades become writers of biographies.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
This "how to" book is one that Language Arts teachers may find quite useful. A variety of ways are described to stimulate prospective young biographers to engage in capturing the life of an individual in print. Highlighted labeling and large print headings offer ideas and tips which young writers can use quickly and easily. The glossary is brief with clearly stated, common terms which young authors should know. If there is a problem with the many short sections, teachers or parents can suggest that students follow just a few of the specific formulas offered. More frequent summaries and numeric points for the information might have been a helpful addition to the text. Photos and samples from authors' materials offer practical examples, although some longer samples might have offered even more of an opportunity to highlight the diverse styles of writers. Writing habits are as individualized as a writer's style, and both long and short writing samples might provide more variety to the book. On the whole, there seems to be an imbalance of information, with too little summarization and repetition of the most important points to be retained. In this age of technology it seems surprising that more space was not given to the use of computers and other technological tools for both writing and research. More information on the pros and cons of such tools might be another welcome addition. It also is not clear to this reviewer for what specific age group the book is designed. However, it is a useful text for anyone starting on the journey of writing a biography. The last chapter "Find Out More" has excellent suggestions for investigating other biographies and encourages readers to ask theteachers and librarians in their local areas for more assistance with their writing searches. It is significant to note that Natalie Rosinsky is an award-winning author of more than 100 works for young readers. There are more books in this series entitled "Write Your Own Books" which teachers and students may wish to examine. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8
In this accessible series entry, Rosinsky adroitly leads readers through the challenging process of researching and writing a biography. Chapters include helpful suggestions, excerpts from published works, and writing exercises. Full-color photos, charts, and graphics break up the text, and a clear time line at the bottom of each page shows readers/would-be writers where they are in the process. The presentation is realistic, addressing such vital topics as character development, writer's block, and "Scintillating Speech." The author also makes useful suggestions about how to get published. The instructive glossary and the well-chosen list of recommended biographies are real pluses.
—Tracy H. ChrenkaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756533663
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Write Your Own Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

PWB Biography:
Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications. She writes about history, social studies, economics, popular culture, and science. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer. She lives and writes in Mankato, Minnesota.
CPB Biography:

Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications, including 10 books about Native American tribes. She writes about science, history, economics, social studies, and popular culture. One of her two cats usually sits near her computer as she works in Mankato, Minnesota. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer.

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