Biographical Writing

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10281

How do you know anything about famous people? A biography is a book or story about someone that tells about his or her life. Join Abraham Lincoln and learn to write a biography about someone you know!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever read a biography? If you have read a story about someone's life, you have read a biography! Reading about other people teaches you about history and character traits, things that make people great. Let's learn about Abraham Lincoln!

Ready to learn about biographies?

First, make a list of what you think a biography is and what it includes. Here are some ideas:

  • A biography is about a real person.
  • It includes facts about the person.
  • It is a true story.

What questions do you think a biography will answer? Here are some suggestions:

  • Why is this person important?
  • Where did he or she live?
  • Is he or she famous?
  • Why is this person famous?
  • When was this person born?

To begin, you will use these answers to write a biography about Abraham Lincoln. You can read about Abraham Lincoln on this Garden of Praise web site or view Biography of Abraham Lincoln for Kids: Meet the American President for Kids - FreeSchool to learn about his life:


Download and print the K-2 Biography Graphic Organizer from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. After reading, fill in each box by answering the question in each box:

  1. Where and when did this person live?
  2. Why is this person famous and important?

Now, put the information from the graphic organizer into sentences on the second page, and draw a picture of Abraham Lincoln.

Next, download the K-2 Biography Graphic Organizer Answers (Downloadable Resources) to see how yours compare.

What did you learn about Abraham Lincoln that you didn't know?

Continue on to the Got It? section to write a biography about a famous person!

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