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KS2 Text Types – Biographical Recounts

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Teach children how to write informative biographical recounts with this Key Stage 2 text types resource pack.

Pupils will write a biography about an influential person, either someone that they know or someone who is in the public eye. Two model texts are included, showing WAGOLL (what a good one looks like), to inspire writing.

This KS2 resource includes:

  • Model Text 1 Great Uncle John
    an example biography about a relative who inspires
  • Model Text 2 Jessica Ennis-Hill
    an example biography about an influential public figure
  • Biography writing sheet
    a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing; it includes examples of adverbials and past tense verbs which can be used to create cohesion
  • Biography research sheet
    a PDF for pupils to record key information about the person for whom they are writing a biography
  • Biography writing plan
    a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing
  • Writing frame
    A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work
  • Themed writing paper

What is a biography?

A biography is a written account of someone’s life, written by someone else.

National Curriculum English programmes of study links

Year 3/4

  • Pupils should plan their writing by discussing writing that is similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Pupils should draft and write by using simple organisational devices 9for example headings and subheadings).

Year 5/6

  • Pupils should plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose for writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • Pupils should draft and write by using a range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.

  • Teaching notes
  • Biographical writing research sheet
  • Biographical writing planning sheet
  • Biography writing frame
  • Biography model text - Great Uncle John
  • Biography model text - Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Themed writing paper
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