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Author:Leigh Evans
System: Jasper City
School: West Jasper Elementary School
Lesson Plan ID: 33162

Who's Talking?


This lesson provides an opportunity for the students to write a biography and provide an excerpt of the bio using a Web 2.0 tool. This is a week long activity using the 5 stages of writing.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

Content Standard(s):
TC2(3-5) 10. Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.
TC2(3-5) 12. Create a product using digital tools.
ELA2015(5) 23. Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. [W.5.2]
ELA2015(5) 25. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 22-24 above.) [W.5.4]
ELA2015(5) 26. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three Language standards in Grades K-5.) [W.5.5]
ELA2015(5) 33. Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. [SL.5.2]
ELA2015(5) 36. Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes. [SL.5.5]
Local/National Standards:  
Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will use the 5 phases of writing to develop their own autobiography. Summarizing their biography, they will create a talking avatar using a digital tool. 

Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

Paper and Pencil

Computer/laptop w/ Internet access - for students

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer/Laptop w/ Internet access

Web 2.0 tool -Voki Account


Teacher: Using the 5 steps of writing, the students should be able to successfully create their own biography using probing questions.

Teacher: Set up a free Voki account. The easiest way is to set up an individual account and provide the students with the username and password. Then all the Vokis will be in one location for your review.


1) As a culmination of autobiographical studies and an ability to execute the 5 stages of writing, the students will create their own autobiography.

2) Provide students with "Questions to Consider" as they write their bio:

  • What would I like my classmates to know about me...i.e.  Hometown, family, favorite things, something special about me...
  • If I could live anywhere and any way I wanted, I would…
  • If I could be anything I wanted, I would...
  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  • Has their been something in your life that has changed or defined you?

3) Using the stages of writing the teacher will facilitate accurate sequencing, smooth transitions, and composition of paragraphs. Students should be provided with the rubric (attached) to assist in construction of the writing piece.

4) At the publish stage, the students will create an avatar using the Voki digital tool. Their Voki will include a short summary of their biography.- Online tutorial for building a Voki:

Their summary should include details on their:

  • Family
  • Personality
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Goals and Aspirations
  • Life-changing Experiences

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Assessment Strategies:

Students will read other autobiographies of people of interest. They will utilize the library, online, etc., for other ideas and examples of this genre.

Allow students to peer review one another's autobiography.


Students can be given graphic organizers to assist in building their autobiography.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior

Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.
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