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Thursday December 6, 2018 at 9:38am Age: 314 days
Category: Otisville Elementary, District


It’s been said every life has a beginning, middle and an end, and how one’s life has been lived should be of great interest to those who are still at the beginning.


That’s often why parents see their children having school assignments focusing on biographies and creating projects focusing on those books and independent research.


It’s a combination of reinforcing the value of reading and understanding the life lessons offered in those given biographies while further developing research and presentation skills that will help them as they advance in their academic careers and future workplaces. 


Leslie Lee’s fourth-grade class at Otisville Elementary just completed presentations on their biography projects and is among the many district classes which will be involved with biography work this school year.


Students reported on a topic or text, told a story or recounted an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details while speaking clearly at an understandable pace and volume appropriate for an audience. 


Babe Ruth

For example, Anthony Motta chose Babe Ruth because they have the same birthday, are both left-handed and love baseball. Anthony felt “the Babe” helped a lot of people, noting he visited a lot of orphanages, and, of course, was a great baseball player.


Their work focused on including digital media and/or visual displays in presentations to emphasize central ideas or themes, Mrs. Lee said.


Shirley Temple 

Penny Mantyk chose Shirley Temple as a dancer because she loved watching her dancing movies.  Penny's mother created a private YouTube account for all her tap dances as a child, which she played for the class.


As part of the assignment, students also needed to conduct research to answer questions, including self-generated questions, and to build knowledge through investigating multiple aspects of a topic.  They also needed to recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from multiple sources, take notes and categorize information and provide a list of sources.

Walt Disney

Asa Lennon III chose Walt Disney because he would always watch Disney movies like "Steamboat Willy" and had visited Disneyland in California.  


And, students presented their research in creative ways.


Queen Elizabeth II

Michelle Smith chose Queen Elizabeth because she is her favorite celebrity and likes reading about her in the news. Michelle, who appeared in class as “Her Majesty,” said she loves the queen’s fancy clothes, horses and corgi dogs.


 See more photos on the district's Facebook page: Minisink Valley Central School District.