Writing biographies

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Biography Writing : 

L. Ullah Biography Writing Power Point by: Ismat Zarin Faculty Department of English Eastern University (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

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Let’s have a look at these people! William Shakespeare Jane Austen Charles Dickens Mark Twain Rabindranath Tagore William Wordsworth

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27.08.2010 William Wordsworth (1770-1850), a British poet, credited with ushering the English Romantic Movement with the publication of Lyrical Ballads(1798) in collaboration with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, in the Lake District. His father was John Wordsworth, Sir James Lowther's attorney. The magnificent landscape deeply affected Wordsworth's imagination and gave him a love of nature. He lost his mother when he was eight and five years later his father. The domestic problems separated Wordsworth from his beloved and neurotic sister Dorothy, who was a very important person in his life. With the help of his two uncles, Wordsworth entered a local school and continued his studies at Cambridge University. Wordsworth made his debut as a writer in 1787, when he published a sonnet in The European Magazine . In that same year he entered St. John's College, Cambridge, from where he took his B.A. in 1791. During a summer vacation in 1790 Wordsworth went on a walking tour through revolutionary France and also traveled in Switzerland. On his second journey in France, Wordsworth had an affair with a French girl, Annette Vallon, a daughter of a barber-surgeon, by whom he had a illegitimate daughter Anne Caroline. The affair was basis of the poem "Vaudracour and Julia", but otherwise Wordsworth did his best to hide the affair from posteri In 1795 he met Coleridge. Wordsworth's financial situation became better in 1795 when he received a legacy and was able to settle ----------- A Sample biographical sketch

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In particular: A biography is a narrative account that covers the events of a particular person's experience, but different writers may choose to emphasize different events.

So, what is a biography? : 

So, what is a biography? A biography is a written account of someone's life. There can be many versions of biography, and these versions may have very different angles, views, and conclusions. In short, the story of a person's life, written by another. (Adjective: biographical)

Steps of writing a biography: : 

Steps of writing a biography: STEP 1: “Brainstorming and gathering important information” You need to think and take notes of the details about the person you are going to write about. If you don’t know much, go to a library and find as many printed materials about your subject as possible. Otherwise , you can also try some online resources provided they are reliable. Formulate an information chart:

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Biography of: _________________________________ Things you need to find out in writing a biography - STEP 1(cont.): An Information Chart:

An Information chart (Continued) :

Steps of writing a biography : 

Steps of writing a biography Step 2: ‘Finding out a theme’ Try to find something specific about your subject's life to focus on as a theme. Step 3: ‘Doing a basic outline’ Write a basic outline for your biography, including an introduction in which you state what your theme is (your particular angle of studying the subject), several paragraphs in the body, each marking a chronological point in the subject's life, and a conclusion.

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Steps of writing a biography (continued) Step 4: Use the outline as a guide to write your biography. Try to utilize this outline as much as possible. Step 5: Get into writing! Start off with a great first sentence( Or, the Thesis Sentence). It's a good idea to begin with a really interesting statement, a little known fact, or really interesting event. Be sure to use transitional phrases and words to link your paragraphs and make your composition paragraphs flow.

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Steps of writing a biography (continued) Fill the body of your biography with material that gives insight to your subject's personality. For instance, in a biography about Meriwether Lewis, you would ask what traits or events motivated him to embark on such a monumental exercise. The final paragraph will summarize your main points and re-assert your main claim about your subject. It should point out your main points, re-name the person you're writing about, but it should not repeat specific examples.

Let’s have a look at a Sample then! : 

Let’s have a look at a Sample then! An interesting First Sentence: "Abraham Lincoln once described himself as an ordinary man with an extraordinary story.“ Here is a sample of a body paragraph: (Topic sentence) Abraham Lincoln struggled to keep the country together when some people wanted to see it split apart. The Civil War broke out after many American states wanted to start a new country. Abraham Lincoln showed leadership skills when he led the Union to victory and kept the country from splitting into. (Transition) His role in the Civil War kept the country together, but led to many threats to his own safety.

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A Sample (cont.): A Sample Summary Paragraph: Your summary (or conclusion) can look something like this: Although many people in the country did not like Abraham Lincoln at the time, he was a great leader for the United States. He kept his country together when it was in danger of falling apart. He also stood brave in the face of danger and led the way to equal rights for all people. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most outstanding leaders in American history.

Your Turn! : 

Your Turn! Now it’s your turn! Follow the steps and write an excellent biography.

Good Luck! : 

Good Luck! Thank you!