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Use the reading "No Puedo Confiar en Nadie" to bring the sensitive subject of AIDS to your language arts class. After reading the story about a Hispanic man who contracted the disease, young learners work on an autobiographical piece about a difficult time when they couldn't trust someone. This is a good way to reinforce literary elements and writing skills.
Learners study slavery from the perspctive of an American slave. In this Frederick Douglass lesson plan, students complete the suggested pre-reading and post-reading activities included for Douglass's autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.
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.
Students explore the concept of self and analyze the Human Organization Theory. Individually, students write poems about themselves. In small groups, they create a poster related to the 14 categories of the Human Organization Theory. Students read and create their autobiography, following a model.
First graders examine autobiographies and biographies. In this biography lesson, 1st graders work as a whole class to make "Biographies" Venn diagrams using Kidspiration. They listen as the teacher describes his/her life before reading leveled autobiographies. They talk to a partner and share one thing they learned as a culminating reflection.