Using “Imaginative Truth” When Writing a Biography
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: New November 2022! Bessie Smith biographer, Jackie Kay, explains why she used “imaginative truth” in her book.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Writing-16**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have your students take a supported position on whether using “imaginative truth” in a biography or historical book is acceptable or not.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.