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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Study Question
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Students may check some of their answers online.
Presenting an Autobiography
Students write and present their own autobiographies using a computer slideshow.
Eighth graders create autobiography portfolios. In this communication lesson plan, 8th graders complete performance tasks to compile multi-media autobiographical portfolios.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: the Book Versus the Movie
Students compare and contrast The Autobiography of Malcolm X to the film adaptation. In this Malcolm X instructional activity, students take notes as they view the film adaptation. Students write a comparative analysis and discuss the life and significance of Malcolm X.
My Autobiography Activity
Second graders tell others about themselves. In this autobiography lesson, 2nd graders respond to questions about themselves and then create pictures that reveal their personalities.
Pictures, Photographs, and Captions
"How do photographs contribute to an autobiography?" Laurence Yep's The Lost Garden provides learners with an opportunity to examine how photos and their captions contribute to and clarify events in a story. Class members use expressive language to describe the photo and then search for references in the text that refer to the same incident. To make text-to-text and text-to-self connections, pupils look at other photos and write captions using descriptive language.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Use the contemporary story of the youngest-ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize to teach the power of autobiographies.
Sixth graders map out and highlight the important events of their lives on a spreadsheet or poster board. Students prepare an autobiography complete with pictures they have scanned and taken with a digital camera. Students present their portfolios to the class.
Writing an Autobiography
Students write an autobiography. For this autobiography lesson, students interview family members and create a storyboard organizing their autobiography. Students write a brochure detailing important events in their life.
Students 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. They write lists of quotations that they could use in their own autobiographies.
Sixth graders study about Helen Keller through Internet Sites by reading part of her autobiography and by reading quotations taken from her writings. They write a paragraph using supporting information learned from these sources.
Pennies of My Life Part II
Youngsters write and construct their own autobiographies based on The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis. They engage in pre-writing steps, narrative writing, and peer editing. This is the second part of a two-part project activity.
Interesting Beginnings: An Autobiographical Sketch
Students discuss the characteristics of an autobiography. Individually, they complete a graphic organizer and a timeline of events about their life. In groups, students brainstorm ideas for an interesting sentence and write an autobiography. Afterwards, they exchange papers for proofing and make corrections.
Careers and Self-Portraits
Students explore careers they may have in their future. They create a paper collage self-portrait of themselves as adults dressed for work. They write an autobiography describing the education and training required for their chosen career.
Student Created Autobiographies
Fifth graders compose autobiographies of themselves. In this autobiographies lesson plan, 5th graders write their autobiography, design a reflective cover, write an auto-bio poem, and scan pictures to illustrate their autobiographies.
My Alphabetical Autobiography
Design a pictorial autobiography using the letters of the alphabet. For each letter, writers select visual images that represent life events and interests. Younger writers add words or sentences of explanation while older writers narrate an event represented by an illustration. Books can be bound and shared with classmates.
Third graders apply technical skills to take photos and enhance their picture, which they include in an original word processing autobiography. They share their project with the class.
The Perfect Man: Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography
Eleventh graders study the characteristics of an autobiography. They read from the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and discuss and write an essay regarding some of his quotes.
Learning Through Autobiographical Situations
A special education classroom examines a variety of literature from Latin American authors. In groups, they read excerpts from many autobiographies and compare them with their own life. After writing their own autobiographies, they role-play the life of one of the autobiographies they read during the lesson.
Everyday People, Everyday Things: Book of Your Life Lesson Plan
Students write their autobiography. In this writing lesson, students discuss what an autobiography is and why someone would want to write one. Students view sample self portraits and discuss the similarities to autobiographies. Students brainstorm various elements from their own lives they would want highlighted, write their autobiography and then share it with the class.