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October 20, 2018

Biographies Bring Learning to Life at Volney


Students in Erin Brewster’s fourth grade class at Volney Elementary School brought famous and important historical figures to life for a non-traditional and fun book report project. The project was the culmination of a biographies unit which started with school librarian Sarah Fay introducing the genre to students in early March. Since that time, the class as a whole read several biographies and then each student selected=

Students in Erin Brewster’s fourth grade class at Volney Elementary School brought famous and important historical figures to life for a non-traditional and fun book report project. The project was the culmination of a biographies unit which started with school librarian Sarah Fay introducing the genre to students in early March. Since that time, the class as a whole read several biographies and then each student selected a subject of interest, living or deceased, and began reading at least one biographical book on their own about their subject. Student Liam Clary, above, selected one of the most notable scientists of the early 20th century, Albert Einstein, as his subject of interest. Clary, along with his classmates, wrote three diary entries based on what they learned about the life of the person they studied. Each entry contained important details about the person’s life and were shared during in-class oral presentations. In addition to the research and writing component of the project, the students took on the identity of their famous person, wearing clothing and presenting at least three props significant to the life of their subject. Clary, wearing a lab coat and donning a mustache, shows his classmates a picture of a swastika during his presentation and said that Einstein immigrated to the United States in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. Each oral presentation concluded with time for audience members to ask questions about the subject.

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