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What's the Author's Purpose?
What is the author's purpose for sharing an autobiography? Start this lesson with the short story provided about getting pulled over by a police officer. Then, discuss the acronym PIES and how it stands for the four main reasons an author would tell a story. Then dive into some reading about Rosa Parks. As a class, create a chart to decide why Rosa tells a specific story in her autobiography. Finally, learners complete an assignment independently. This lesson reflects the popular "I do, we do, you do" model.
Students collect pictures of their life and use them in an photostory. For this autobiography lesson, students scan in their pictures and navigate software to create a photostory. Students learn to edit pictures, add titles, import text for narration and add music.
African-American Autobiography for the Middle School Student
Young scholars are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. For each author, they research their life and works and discuss why it reflects different time periods of African-Americans. In groups, they brainstorm characteristics of a character and the setting they are going to use in writing their fictional autobiography. To end the lesson, they share their writings with the class.
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.
Reflections of My Life--Student Autobiographies
Sixth graders provide a writing experience based on their own lives. The components of the writing process will be emphasized as well as narrative writing experiences. They then will publish their autobiography on the computer and use the scanner to add photographs.
Autobiography and Interviews
Students create a timeline and questions to be used in the living history book. They write their autobiographies to be included in the book as well. They work together as a class to develop questions they want to ask the senior citizens they visit at the retirement home.
Autobiography and Interviews
Students prepare for a visit to a retirement home using a personal time-line. In this personal time-line instructional activity, students ask their family members for help in making the time-line. They write an autobiography that will be used in a Living History Book before working as a class to write questions to be used when visiting the senior center.
It's Your Life: How to Write and Autobiography
Young scholars construct an outline for an autobiography. In this writing lesson, students review the correct way to write an autobiography. This lesson requires the teacher to model the format first.
Writing an Autobiography
Learners use their Life Map to write a strong introduction for an autobiography. They apply the Life Map to a written sequence, use guided imagery to visualize the writing process and experience peer editing.
Writing an Autobiography
Learners write their autobiography. In this autobiography lesson, students identify what goals they have for their lives. Learners write the events of their life in sequence and use the peer editing process.
Gandhi's Autobiography and the Study of Memoir
Seventh graders explore the life of Gandhi using his autobiography and memoir. In this Gandhi exploration lesson, 7th graders analyze Gandhi's literary voice by reading his autobiography. Students identify literary techniques in Gandhi's writing and apply the techniques to complete their own memoirs in a writer's workshop.
Students write their own autobiography. They fill out a worksheet to help them organize their personal information. They create their own website displaying their information and share with the class.
It's Your Life: How to Write an Autobiography, Activity 3, Completing the Work: The Final Story
Students finish writing and share their autobiographies with the class. In this language arts lesson plan, students participate in the third in a series of lessons which guide them through the process of writing an autobiography. In this lesson plan, students polish their introduction and conclusion. They read portions of their writing to the class.
It's Your Life: How to Write an Autobiography
Learners write an autobiography. In this writing lesson, students follow an outline to write about their lives. They may share their writing with each other.
Fourth graders interview their parents and grandparents to research their life stories. Using the information they collect, they write a first draft, revise, edit and write a final draft of their autobiography. They share their stories with the class and collect all papers into a class book.
Students write an autobiography for themselves. In this autobiography lesson, students create and edit a 100 word autobiography. Students use digital cameras to take pictures of each other and enhance their autobiographies.
Young scholars write an autobiography of the their school years.
Publishing Autobiographies 2
Eighth graders identify the 5th step of the writing process and apply the process to student autobiographies. While in the computer lab, they continue to type their autobiographies, and create covers for their autobiographies.
The Autobiography of . . . Me
Students examine the accomplishments of African Americans. After being introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography, they create a timeline of their lives. They use those events to write their own autobiography to share with the class.
Students write an autobiography. In this autobiographical writing lesson, students discuss the important events in their life and write about them on a worksheet. Students illustrate each event in their autobiography.