Biography Novel Study
Independent Reading Response
It’s time to start getting your last IRR for our Biography Novel Study! It is
suggested you read at least 25 pages a night and take notes in your Biography Note
Packet. The IRR will be discussed in class on Monday and is due back on Friday.
As a homework assignment you are to respond in a complete paragraph to the
topics listed for each week. Each topic contains thought provoking questions to
assist you in your response.
Did you check your paper against the grading rubric? Make sure you
proofread your work and look over the grading rubric to get the highest score
possible. The assignment must be on time in order to receive full credit.
Sample format:
Sally Brown
February 12, 2015
Biography IRR #4
Book Title (underlined)
Start response…
Biography Characteristics
A biography has six characteristics. They are:
1. Tells about a real person
2. Shows that the author knows a lot about the person
3. Describes the person’s environment
4. Provides stories or details that show the person in action
5. Shows how the person affects other people
6. States or implies how the author feels about the person
Response Topics
Week 1: (Characteristic 1 and 3)
Describe your person’s family and educational background.
What were the parents like?
What schools did your person attend?
What advantages/disadvantages did the family have while your person was
growing up?
Week 2: (Characteristic 2)
What were your person’s strengths?
What were their special talents or skills?
How did they acquire them?
How do you think they helped your person become famous?
What were some important events that helped your person become
Week 3: (Characteristic 6)
What character traits/ personality qualities did your person have?
What trait or quality was most helpful?
What trait or quality was least helpful or a negative influence?
Week 4: (Characteristic 4 and 5).
Summarize your person’s greatest accomplishments.
What was your person’s “triumph over challenge”?
Would you describe your person as a hero/heroine? Explain.
Sally Brown
Biography IRR # 4
Amelia Earhart
John Parlin
In the biography, Amelia Earhart, by John Parlin, the author provides
the reader with many stories that show Amelia in action and these stories reveal
how her life affected other people. In 1928 Amelia was a passenger aboard the
plane Friendship. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Even
though she was a passenger, Amelia was considered a hero. After that trip
Amelia was more determined than ever to fly herself across the Atlantic
On May 20, 1932, Amelia took off for Europe. The trip was very
dangerous, but she made it. Amelia Earhart achieved her goal to be the first
woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The whole world was proud of her!
Crowds cheered her wherever she went. The President of the United States,
Calvin Coolidge, sent Amelia a message congratulating her. Afterwards,
Amelia wrote a book and described her journey. Now everyone could read
about her adventure and realize how courageous she was for trying to attempt
this quest .
In 1937, Amelia and her navigator began their most dangerous trip.
They were attempting to fly around the world. Once again the whole world was
fascinated with Amelia, the pilot. They listened to reports about her journey
on the radio. Everyone was cheering for her. On July 2, 1937 something
terrible happened. Amelia lost radio contact and her plane disappeared.
Amelia Earhart’s strong pioneer spirit still inspires us today to follow our