The writing and reading objectives for the students are that they will be able to use a variety of resources that will incorporate the principles of biography to write the biography accurately and concisely. The students previously were taught how to use the Cornell note taking system developed by Professor Walter Pauk, at Cornell University. It allows students to condense and organize their notes.
The students will draw three sections in their notebooks, one for questions, answers, and a summary. This method will help students pick only the most important information they learned and use that to guide them through the unit. Students can store the notes in a folder or binder so that it can be looked at later on a shorter, condensed version of notes is better than having a huge amount of notes to keep track of since organization is important throughout the unit.
In addition, students will use graphic organizers like the Venn diagram, which assists in the comparison and contrast of information while the "what we Know, what we Want to know, and what we Learned" (KWL) chart assists in organizing the information into three separate categories, what the students know, what the students want to know, or have learned through the notes provided in the unit. Other essay graphic organizers will be used to help the students write effective essays, and rubrics/checklists will ensure writing success of the final product.