Autobiography Teacher Resources
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Writing Native American Style
Third graders listen to a read aloud of Tomie de Paolo's, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and discuss what they discover about Native American culture. They view Native American pictographs at a website before designing their own autobiographies using symbols.
3rd Technology & Engineering
Azucar!: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz
Learners analyze artifacts to help them understand Celia Cruz. In this autobiographical lesson plan, students set up an exhibit that tells their story by using items that are important to them. This lesson plan may be adapted for younger learners by bringing in one item that says something about them.
K - 4th English Language Arts
Video Biographies: Alexander the Great
Who was Alexander The Great? How did Abraham Lincoln’s early life influence his political life? Learners select a historical figure to use for video biography. After developing research questions and collecting information, pupils search for images, and then formulate a screenplay for their video biography.
5th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Autobiography: Maya Angelou
Students study the concepts of autobiography, biography, and fiction as literary genres. They read, study, and analyze Maya Angelou's autobiographical writings in terms of what she intended to accomplish by her writings. They develop and enhance their literary competence by lessons which focus on figurative and symbolic language and on voice or points of view.
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Celebrating Women: Toni Morrison
How authors address issues of their societies is addressed in this very detailed lesson. After researching Toni Morrison and her work, groups create a dramatization based on a scene from one of Morrison’s novels and act it out. Class members then write a brief autobiography from the point of view of their character.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Creative Writing: Children's Building Blocks
Your class can participate in a writing program involving four building blocks. By exploring words, sentences, writing forms, and story organization, they improve their creative writing skills throughout this year-long unit. Early in the unit, students write autobiographies and progress through biographies, letters, and poems and end with stories.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Who am I Mobile: Ceramics
A getting-to-know-you activity that is perfect for the beginning of the year! Kids craft their portrait out of clay, then make a mobile by dangling ceramic representations of things they love. This project builds self-awareness, motor skills, and ceramics skills, and is a good way for learners to share themselves.
2nd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Transform a written biography into a video biography! Introduce your learners to the biography format by reading them a few examples (some suggestions are included). Then discuss the factors that make a good biography. What information do you need to know about someone's life to write a strong biography?
4th - 10th Social Studies & History
Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film
Students explore women's history through films and filmaking. They explore various websites, conduct research on a famous woman, and in small groups write and produce a screenplay based on an autobiographical narrative.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Communities in Crisis Lesson 1: Primary Source? What is That?
Distinguish between primary and secondary source documents using the theme of philanthropy. Middle schoolers discuss Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl as a way to study the past using a primary source. Then they investigate how to leave accurate records for others to explore in the future.
5th - 10th English Language Arts
Twain's Use of Descriptive Settings
Offer your class methods for understanding and creating setting in a written work. Much of the focus here is on fluency, so class members spend a good amount of time simply writing about places that are significant to them, and describing the setting using descriptive language.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Imagine Being Me
The design of this two-day lesson plan eloquently exposes learners to the topic of social justice for people with disabilities. The plan is built off the reading of Are You Alone on Purpose? by Nancy Werlin. The activity introduces readers to a variety of disabilities, where they take on the role, and explore their assigned disability.
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6th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Slaves and Indentured Servants
In theory, at least, indentured servitude and slavery were two different practices in the American colonies. Class groups conduct a close reading of two primary source documents, one written by a slave and one by an indentured servant, about their experiences.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Autobiographical Talking Sticks
Students begin the lesson by developing a map of their lives. Individually, they take this information and write a personal narrative. They create symbols to represent the various times in their lives and introduce them into their narrative.
8th - 12th English Language Arts
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Learners use Maya Angelou's novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to identify themes about adversity in the text. In this adversity, students read chapter 36 of the novel and discuss the examples of adversity in the book. Learners search for the figurative devices of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and imagery.
7th - 9th English Language Arts