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How authors address issues of their societies is addressed in this very detailed instructional activity. 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. Links and bookmarks are provided.
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.
Tenth graders write an autobiography about their future.  In this career education lesson plan, 10th graders write about the future based on their career goals. Students troubleshoot possible obstacles to fulfilling a life or career dream and plan for how to overcome these obstacles. Lesson could be extended into multiple days of research on careers and/or direct instruction on writing autobiographies.
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Richard Wright's Black BoyStudents may check some of their answers online.
Learners travel Rome. For this geography skills lesson, students explore famous places in Rome with Google Earth tools. Learners research the city of Rome and create touring videos that feature their findings.
Students interview family members for important details and funny stories about themselves when they were younger. Once interviews are complete, they list interesting facts about their life today then predict what their life will be like in 10 and 20 years. They write and illustrate their autobiography on a 3-D box.
Learners research the history of rap and gain an understanding of the components of rap music. They experience the correlation between Shakespeare's poetry and rap music of today.
In this Paris Hilton worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Paris Hilton. Students complete 10 activities total.
Students explain a picture or caption using events from a story. In this literacy instructional activity, students analyze a picture and make a connection to the text. Additionally, students share ideas about how pictures can form a better understanding of the topic.
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. 
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? Finally, have them choose someone to research. After they research the life of their historical figure, have them transform their biography into a video biography!
Students draw conclusions regarding personality based upon story events. The evaluate personalities based upon values and speculate on the effect individuals could have upon the future. They apply this analysis of motivation to the actions of others and self.
Learners write an autobiography using one main pattern of text organization.  In this text organization lesson, students read several examples of articles with sequence, list, cause and effect, and compare and contrast patterns, discuss which pattern is best to use and when to use it, then they complete graphic organizers of each pattern before writing their autobiography.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to seven short answer and essay questions about N. Scott Momaday's novel House Made of Dawn. Students may check some of their answers online.
Fourth graders research the American Revolution. They use learning contracts to guide their choices. They create ABC poems about the Revolution.
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.
Students read The Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa. They view video from Roots by Alex Haley on the capture of Kunta Kinte and reenact household slavery as practiced by the Igbo people. The make a list of major differences between slavery in Africa and slavery in the New World.
Third graders investigate the biography genre by chose a book to investigate for chronological order, photos, and table of contents. They use a digital picture of themselves as the starting point for creating a PowerPoint biography of themselves. They work in small groups to discuss their biography subjects and to create a product which highlights the biographical information. They chose a historical role play, a newspaper or a book jacket to create.
Learners engage in a lesson that deals with a historical figure from the area of Mississippi. Then questions are asked of them using a game show format that is followed with additional ones used for brainstorming for more ideas of inquiry.
Learners examine history of slavery in United States, discuss abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass who worked to end slavery, listen to excerpts from Douglass' autobiography, and visit interactive Underground Railroad web site.

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