Jann Leishman
Secondary English Language Arts
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Middle School
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    Career Research - Biography

    Career Research - Biography


    This is a lesson plan regarding middle school research. Students first complete their career research (different lesson plan). Next they complete this lesson which is completing a biography on an important person in their chosen career. 


    Picture taken by Jann Leishman 



     This lesson plan is designed to go with our middle school Career research. Students first research a career of choice. After researching their chosen career, they choose one "famous" or well known person in that career to research.


    Background Information:

    You will need knowledge of UOSL and the EBSCO Biography reference center.  Search Utah's Online School Library for information regarding this resource. This lesson should take about a class period. 

    This lesson plan is used to help orient students to UOSL and research. This Biography research lesson plan is made to take about a class period. 


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes:


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to successfully search UOSL and the EBSCO Biography Reference Center to find a person in their chosen career. 

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will research a chosen "famous" person in their career and find the needed information. 
    • Ex. Students will describe the positive and negative emotions an advertisement aims to evoke.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have a basic understanding of UOSL and have completed their career research, which utilizes UOSL as a source. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Students who may need accomodations will use the condensed version of the biography paper. 

    Step 3 - Instruction


    Begin class by having UOSL displayed so all of the class can see. 

    Instruct students to have on their desk the biography research paper and a pencil.

    Remind students of their career research that they should have just completed.

    Model for students how to access UOSL . And then the Biography Reference Center

           - Choose Middle School 

          - Choose EBSCO middle School

         - Choose Biography Reference Center : show them how to navigate through the Biography reference center. Specifically point out how to search a person in their chosen career. How to access the full text, view pictures, also specifically the citation tool - reminding them to cite their information. 





    Step 4 - Assessments


    Students will have their Biography sheet completely filled out when done.

    For their career research their end result will be to create a Google Slide of their chosen career. Students will make a Google Slide specifically for their Biography information. 

    Be sure to attach rubrics for any assessments included in your lesson using the "Attach Section Resources" button below. Rubric attachments could be screenshots of rubrics created in Canvas, spreadsheets or documents containing rubrics, or rubrics created using the UEN Rubric Tool.