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To write a biography is necessary to use the verbs in the third person.

Be careful!
If you are writing about a person who has passed away, you must remember to use all verbs in the past. If you are writing about a person who is alive, use verbs in the past for finished actions and verbs in the present for current ones.

Here are some examples of things you can write about in the artist’s biography:

  • Occupation

  • Nationality

  • Birthday

  • Family

  • Specific information

  • Favorites

The activity for this class is to write a biography about an artist of your choice.
In the resources section, there is a worksheet to help you. Use the information you find online about the artist to complete it. That will help you to have a clear idea of what to talk about in each paragraph. There is also an example of how to complete the worksheet.

Also, here is the structure your review should have:

  • Paragraph 1: Include the name of your artist, his/her occupation, his/her nationality, the place, and the date he/she was born.

  • Paragraph 2: Write about your artist‚Äôs family and personal life. Tell some fun facts!

  • Paragraph 3: Discuss some aspects of your artist‚Äôs career and professional life. Do not forget to mention his/her achievements.

  • Paragraph 4: Mention his/her likes and dislikes. Also, talk about your favorites.

  • Paragraph 5: Finish saying the date and place of death or what your artist is doing at present.

Example of a biography:

Michael Jackson was born on August 29th, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. He was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.
Michael had five brothers and three sisters, and he was the third-youngest with Randy and Janet. The Jacksons were poor and lived in a small house with just two bedrooms for eleven people. Also, he had two pet llamas on his ranch called Lola and Louis.
He was talented, and during his career, he earned 17 Grammys (14 as a solo artist, one with the Jackson 5). Moreover, he earned 26 American Music Awards, 40 Billboard Music Awards, and 13 World Music Awards. Additionally, his album, Thriller, was number one on the Billboard chart for 37 weeks.
Michael liked many things. For example, he loved reading books. His love for books began as a young teen, and he loved to read Peter Pan. He also liked art: paintings, classic music, and other things. He liked animals, toys, old castles, and beautiful Cartoons with a good ending. He disliked journalists, solitude, unfair friends, and rumors about him. My favorite Michael Jackson’s songs are Your rock my world, The way you make me feel, and Billie Jean.
He was the best selling artist in the United States for 2009, the year of his death. He died on June 25th, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. Michael was 50 years old.

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