Inquiring into Biographies

For our current UOI on Role-Models, Grade 5 is focusing on Writing to Recount with specific focus on biographies.

Students inquired into the text features of a biography in three rotations:

1) Reading biographical books

2) Looking at biographies online through

3) Listening to biographical stories on


EAL students went further with this and created a shared Google Draw document to document their understanding of the text features. The beginner EAL students used Google translate to understand the headings and gave examples of nouns/pronouns in both English and their mother tongue.

Unpacking the features and structure of a text can help students understand how texts vary in purpose and audience. As the summative assessment, Grade 5 will apply their understanding of the current UOI through a biographical recount of a chosen role model.



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