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Prior to beginning Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks, model for your class members how to determine the main idea of a text. Exercepts from another story are provided to use for the demonstration. The focus then shifts to Rosa Parks' autobiography and modeling continues with Chapter 1. For guided practice, learners use a main idea web to determine the main idea of Chapter 2. Chapter 3 then provides an opportunity for independent practice.
Using Vygotsky's reciprocal teaching for literacy groups, readers prepare to compose their own autobiographical incidents by reading the excerpt "Our Love" from Nellie Campobello's book My Mother's Hands. Reciprocal teaching puts scaffolded collaborative groups of readers in charge of their own learning. Resource contains other useful guidance for setting up class notebooks, encouraging writing fluency, and daily practices for an engaged, thriving language arts environment.
Students 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.
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.
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.
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 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.