In 1833, Ada Lovelace met mathematician Charles Babbage, inventor of calculating machines. She went on to devise a way of inputting data into Babbage’s Analytical Machine, and in doing so became the first ever computer programmer. In this biography book for 8-11 year olds, learn all about Ada Lovelace’s fascinating life, including her famous father (celebrated poet Lord Byron), her talent for languages and mathematics, and her predictions for how computers could change our lives.
In 5 short weeks, Blackbird & Company research study guides will walk students through the process of composing an original biographical essay.
Week 1 – 3:
I introduce a rich vocabulary to describe the character traits exemplified by these historical figures.
Provide observation questions designed to help students extract details that matter.
Equip students with the scaffolding that enables them to craft one body paragraph that will later become part of the culminating essay.
Students craft a simple introduction and conclusion, put the components together, and, voila, an essay!
A creative project, of course, that offers directives to tap into the students imagination.