Writing a staff bio.

Video explaining lesson…

Discussion – accessing prior knowledge

*SL: 1 (Varying group discussions–partner, group and class. Students can express themselves clearly and listen to others).

In groups of 3-4, answer the following and then discuss with the class.

  1. What kind of information should be included in staff bios?
  2. What tones are appropriate in staff bios?
  3. What audience are you writing for?
  4. What is the look and mood wanted for our publications’ staff page?
  5. What are some common sense Internet safety tips?

Read the following how-to articles in your groups. Take brief notes so you can summarize the information and report back to the class.

*RI: 1-2 (After reading, use specific parts of reading to understand main message. Students can summarize text).

Kenna Griffin encourages the reader to include their contact information. This advice is geared toward working professionals who can include a work email or a phone number.

As a student, you will not be including your personal information or social media information. If necessary, you can include your publication’s email/social media info. and the school’s phone number so your adviser (me) can be reached. Use Internet safety regarding your personal info.

However, it is fine to include your name on the publications’ website since you are a student writer working on staff for your publication and using this monitored social media platform.

Internet safety is important.

StaySafeOnline.org urges students to use caution when posting and to not share personal information:

It is essential that students understand and commit to not sharing personal information with people they view as “friends” online. This includes their real name, address, phone number, financial information, school name, passwords, or other private information. [Read the full article.]

When using technology, make sure to adhere to the district’s technology policy. (Review policy).

What are others doing?

*RI: 6 (Can understand author’s point of view, purpose and use of rhetoric).

Read through the bios. below and think about…

  1. How does tone affects professionalism?
  2. Are tones and point of views consistent of all staff bios. featured?
  3. How do you think the authors considered audience?
  4. What kind of information is provided?

Example staff bios.

Write your own staff bio.

  • *W:2 (Students can write a informative text–staff bio.–clearly and accurately).
  • *L:1-2 (Can use conventions/grammar appropriately when writing or speaking).
  • *W:4 (Create appropriate, organized writing with task, purpose and audience in mind).
  • *W:5 (Planning, drafting, critiquing/work shopping and revising writing with analyzing purpose and audience).
  • *SL: 1 (Varying group discussions–partner, group and class. Students can express themselves clearly and listen to others).
  • *W:6 (Use Google Drive to share writing and publications’ website to publish staff bios).

Writing requirements

  • When you are writing and have style questions, refer to the style guide under “resources” on this blog post.
  • Point of view – third person
  • Use at least one quote – from yourself (third person)
  • Length – at least as long as adviser bio.
  • Rough draft – hand write to workshop and critique in groups
  • Final draft
    • Create a Google Drive folder and name it “newspaper”. Share the contents of the folder with the publication’s email.
    • Create a Google Doc labeled “staff bio” and type your final draft here. It will automatically be shared with the newspaper Google Drive if you shared the entire folder.
    • Confused? Watch the how-to video below…

Resources

*L:3 (Understand how language is used in style. Use a manual or style guide when writing or editing).

Assessment

Common Core

*Standard descriptions are summarized and modified to include assignment rationale/purpose in parentheses

“English Language Arts Standards” by Common Core State Standards Initiative

  • RI:1-2 (After reading, use specific parts of reading to understand main message. Students can summarize text).
  • RI:6 (Can understand author’s point of view, purpose and use of rhetoric).
  • SL:1 (Varying group discussions–partner, group and class. Students can express themselves clearly and listen to others).
  • W:2 (Students can write a informative text–staff bio–clearly and accurately).
  • L:1-2 (Can use conventions/grammar appropriately when writing or speaking).
  • L:3 (Understand how language is used in style. Use a manual or style guide when writing or editing).
  • W:4 (Create appropriate, organized writing with task, purpose and audience in mind).
  • W:5 (Planning, drafting, critiquing/work shopping and revising writing with analyzing purpose and audience).
  • W:6 (Use Google Drive to share writing and publications’ website to publish staff bios).