Assignments can differ from one teacher to another, but most fourth-grade biography papers will involve a specific format. If you don't have detailed instruction from your teacher, you can follow these instructions to develop a great paper!
Cover Page Your paper should contain a cover page that includes the following information:
- The title of your paper
- Your name
- Your teacher's name and your school name
- Today's date
Five Paragraph PaperYour biography will contain five paragraphs including:
- An introductory paragraph
- Three body paragraphs
- A summary paragraph
The Introductory ParagraphYour introductory paragraph should contain a strong first sentence that gives the reader a hint at your topic, like:
"Abraham Lincoln once described himself as an ordinary man with an extraordinary story."
The introductory sentence should be followed by a few sentences that give a little more information about your topic and lead up to your "big claim," or thesis statement. The last sentence of your first paragraph will state your thesis.
The Body Paragraphs
Each body paragraph will containing the following:
- Topic sentence
- Support sentences
- Transition sentence that leads to the next topic
Here is a sample of a body paragraph:(Topic sentence) Abraham Lincoln struggled to keep the country together when some people wanted to see it split apart. The Civil War broke out after many American states wanted to start a new country. Abraham Lincoln showed leadership skills when he led the Union to victory and kept the country from splitting into. (Transition) His role in the Civil War kept the country together, but led to many threats to his own safety.
(Next topic sentence) Lincoln did not back down under the many threats he received. . . .
Summary or Conclusion Paragraph
Your summary paragraph should contain the following:
- A sentence that re-states your big claim (thesis).
- A few sentences that repeat the points you made in each body paragraph.
- A final sentence that sums up your overall argument.
Sample Summary Paragraph
Your summary (or conclusion) should look something like this:
Although many people in the country did not like Abraham Lincoln at the time, he was a great leader for our country. He kept the United States together when it was in danger of falling apart. He also stood brave in the face of danger and led the way to equal rights for all people. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most outstanding leaders in American history.
Your teacher may require that you include a bibliography. The bibliography is simply a list of books or articles that you used to look up your information. The sources should be listed in a precise format, and in alphabetical order.