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Biography writing
Pre-Intermediate, Grade E. level


In this lesson, students learn how to write a biography of a celebrity or any famous person. The content of paragraphs and grammatical points related to this topic will be mentioned. The writing will be taught and written in class as a Process.


Abc A reading model of production
Abc a couple of Iranian celebrities' pictures

Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a Biography in the context of celebrities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review of the difference between simple past and present perfect in the context of celebrities biography


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher introduces the topic through showing some pictures of celebrities and gets students interested by brainstorming some key issues ( teacher and students collect as many ideas as possible on the board).

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

The teacher directs students to a model and covers a biography as a sample for students. Students read the text and talk about it for 2 minutes in pairs.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

The teacher highlights the importance of tenses in writing a biography (simple past, present perfect and simple present). The teacher should explain the organization of paragraphs to students, too.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The teacher puts students in groups of three or four. Students choose a famous person whom they know well and start writing about his or her life.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Peer feedback is provided in class. Students check their classmates' writing for content, grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, etc.

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