Unit of Study: Reading and Writing Biographies

English Language Arts

This workshop will provide participants with the exciting opportunity to integrate both reading and writing through a Biography Unit of Study.

With high demands being put on teachers' use of time, this workshop will afford participants some fresh ways to use the interactive read aloud as a tool for laying the foundation for understanding the key elements of the nonfiction genre of biography.

Once these elements of biography are firmly in place, this understanding will be used as the basis for a writing workshop, where students will learn how to write a biography through the integration of information used during their read aloud sessions.

Options for both class-written and individually written biographies will be discussed.

All materials will be provided.

Click here to view the companion workshop, Reading and Writing Informational Texts.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, K-6


7.5 CEUs are available for this workshop. 15 PDPs are available for completion of this and the Reading and Writing Informational Texts workshop.

Dates and Location

The workshop takes place on the following dates at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton.

  • May 6, 2014, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
  • May 13, 2014, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
  • May 27, 2014, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $130 for member districts, and $150 for non-member districts. You may register online by completing the form on the right side of this page or by mailing the registration form below. The deadline for registration is April 30, 2014.



  • Sanford Roth is a veteran classroom, reading, and special education teacher. Trained as both a Literacy trainer and a Reading Recovery teacher, Sandy has led school improvement initiatives in Massachusetts and Connecticut school elementary schools. He has done extensive consulting in the teaching of reading. He has a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan, and an M.Ed., CAGS, and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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