After reading and discussing many different biogrphies, you could have students interview and write a biography about a family member. Brainstorm who they want to interview and write about, then have them come up with about 15 questions for that person. After interviewing them, they bring their responses back and begin a rough draft - during which they may discover they need to ask some follow-up questions! After they have finished their final draft, I have them create an illustration of the person they interviewed. Then, they write a thank you letter to the person, and include a copy of the biography & illustration. The family member loves getting that!