Autobiography Teacher Resources
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Writing and Autobiography
Are you working on an autobiographical or narrative writing unit? Bring this lesson to your class, as it takes young writers through the process of drafting and sequencing an autobiography. After observing and demonstrating steps of the writing process, they read and discuss examples of poetry, and write a letter to themselves.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Create a graphic autobiography integrating images and text. Working within the structure of the programs Comic Life and Photoshop, pupils integrate the Principles of Design. They focus on balance, rhythm, proportion, and text structure. The lesson provides assessment, differentiated instruction, and enrichment options.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Genre Lesson: Autobiography
Have your middle schoolers write a short story about themselves with an autobiography unit about Rosa Parks. They learn the difference between biographies and autobiographies, define the different types of autobiographies and determine how to identify which type of autobiography a book fits.
5th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Autobiography - Student Trading Cards
Motivate your class with this lesson! Learners use the trading card format to create an autobiography. They are given a list of characteristics to list, write down what they would like to include on their trading card, and head to the computer lab to create their finished product.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Learners examine how they are affected by world affairs. After reading an article, they examine Otto Frank's attempts to immigrate to America. Using the New York Times, they identify examples of news, advertisements and photographs that connect to Anne Frank.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
All About Me
Using a fish bone shaped organizer, writers brainstorm facts about their lives. They then compose an autobiography using proper mechanics and Microsoft Word. This type of writing assignment should be fairly straight forward and provides practical computer skills practice.
4th English Language Arts
CCC: Credible sources, Creative Commons Images, and Citing Your Sources
As part of a unit devoted to the study of autobiographies, this one-day library session focuses on developing research skills. Class members locate and properly cite a sketch of a Creative Commons image, as well as record the call numbers for two credible and related print resources found in the library.
6th - 8th 21st Century Skills
Be a Celebrity and Share Your Life with Us
Sixth graders discuss their likes, dislikes, hobbies, goals, and special events in their lives. They write a five paragraph autobiography focusing on style, transitions, and details. This is well-suited for either explanatory or informational writing style.
5th - 6th English Language Arts
All About Me!
Reinforce punctuation skills as well as printing skills with a kindergarten autobiography instructional activity. Youngsters write their information, including their name, address, and age, and draw a picture of themselves and the place where they live.
K - 1st English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Exploring Poetry and Poets
Combine the study of poetry and non-fiction texts with this complete and ready-to-use six-week unit. After reading numerous poems from local writers and compiling a personal anthology, high schoolers find and read a memoir or biography of a chosen poet.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Biography and Autobiography
Learners explore perspective through autobiographies and biographies. In writing skills activity, students identify perspectives in the provided selections. Learners also complete worksheets that require them to analyze autobiographies and biographies.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Autobiographies: A Jigsaw Puzzle
Learners read The Autobiography of Ben Franklin. Using construction paper, they cut out five jigsaw puzzle pieces in different shapes using the entire sheet of paper. They write events from their own lives on the puzzle pieces, thus creating their own autobiographical jigsaw puzzles.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
English and Literacy: Nelson Mandela - Lesson Plan 1: Biography and Autobiography Information Exercise
Learners examine the biography of Nelson Mandela. In this biography of Nelson Mandela lesson, students review the characteristics of biographies and autobiographies. They listen and respond to a reading of Mary Benson's, A Desire to Serve The People before doing a jigsaw activity with a second reading.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts