Writing a Biography - Mark Twain

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
1 hour

Students will write a biography of Mark Twain.

This lesson is for middle school age students, but fifth graders could do this, too.


Students will learn:
About biographies
How to write biographies

Materials Needed

Reference book on Mark Twain
Pencils and erasers or pens and whiteouts


First, you will copy the worksheet so that each student will have a copy.

Then, you will talk to the students about biographies.

After that, you will have the students do research on Mark Twain.

Finally, you will have them write their own biography of Mark Twain and submit their biographies for grading.

Worksheet - Questions for Biography of Mark Twain

Directions - Answer the following questions in your biography.

1. When was Mark Twain born?

2. What was his real name?

3. Where was he born?

4. What accomplishments did he have in his life?

5. What trials did he go through in his life?

6. What books have you read that he wrote?

7. What did you learn from reading about his life?

8. Is there anything in his life that you could apply in your life?


100 to 90 = A

89 to 80 = B

79 to 70 = C

69 to 60 = D

Below 60 = F

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