Purpose:  To tell the story of a (usually notable) person's life


The author gives facts and details to create a portrait of the person's life. 

The author analyzes the relationships between major events in the person's life.

The author uses third-person point of view. 


Elements of Biography


1.  Uses third-person point of view

2.  Shows relationships between the person and other people and events

3.  Uses chronological text structure

4.  Is written by another person