Due Date: ___________________
Approximate length: 300-400 words
A biographical essay is a paper that describes a person’s life and is usually in chronological order.
Students are asked to choose one name from the list and create a biographical essay on that person. (See handouts on how to write a biographical essay). The people on the list are generally well known and have ‘achieved their dreams’.
Students are advised to follow the Biographical Essay Format listed below. Essays should be word-processed / typed (12 pt. font) or neatly written in dark blue or black ink. The scoring rubric for the essay is also below.
Biographical Essay Format_____________________________________
Topic sentence & body paragraph #1 (Early Life/Challenges)
Topic sentence and body paragraph #2 (Turning Points/Big Breaks)
Topic sentence and body paragraph #3 (Achieving of Dreams and Success)
Concluding paragraph (Impact on the World/Legacy)
Reference Page (books, websites etc.)
Grade 8 English Research Scoring Rubric
Title Page (title, student name) _____/2
Introduction (gets readers attention, coherent, sets up essay) _____/5
Body (information is clear, well organized and engaging) _____/15
Conclusion (pulls together the essay, displays clarity, thoughtful) _____/5
Conventions (spelling, grammar, sentence structure) _____/5
Reference Page (minimum of three, consistent) _____/3
Total Score: _____/35 = _____%
Biography Essay/Photo Essay Subjects
Chasing a Dream & No Limits Unit
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Another ‘person who has achieved their dreams’ approved by
your ELA teacher.