Autobiography Teacher Resources
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Black Boy Study Questions & Essay Topics
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Richard Wright's Black Boy. Students may check some of their answers online.
Walking with the Emperors: Exploring Imperial Rome
Students travel Rome. In this geography skills lesson, students explore famous places in Rome with Google Earth tools. Students research the city of Rome and create touring videos that feature their findings.
Ice -T's Rap School
Students 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.
Learners explain a picture or caption using events from a story. In this literacy lesson, students analyze a picture and make a connection to the text. Additionally, learners share ideas about how pictures can form a better understanding of the topic.
Who am I Mobile: Ceramics
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!
Building Dreams??? Who is There to Help You?
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.
Patterns of Organization
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.
House Made of Dawn
For 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.
American Revolution: Learning Contracts
Fourth graders research the American Revolution. They use learning contracts to guide their choices. They create ABC poems about the Revolution.
Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film
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.
Dark Voices From Unmarked Graves
Learners 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.
Who Am I? Learning With Biographies
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.
Students engage in a activity 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.
North and South - Impact of the Abolitionist Movement
Young scholars 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.
Fredrick Douglass...A Digital History
Seventh graders research the life of Fredrick Douglass. In this Fredrick Douglass instructional activity, 7th graders read about his life and discuss it. They write poetry describing his experience as a slave and create their own monument for Fredrick Douglass' birth places.
A Rising People: Ben Franklin and the Americans
Eighth graders use a class wiki site that they use to blog about their feelings while reading about Franklin's autobiography.
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
For this history worksheet, students read a one page biography about Frederick Douglass. Students then answer 15 short essay questions about the text.
What Would Ben Franklin Do?
Employ Ben Franklin's 13 virtues to a modern drug-abuse prevention plan.
Let the Truth Be Known
Students explore authenticity in written works and the responsibilities of the media. They read two Holocaust accounts, one that is factual and one that was fabricated. They further examine, the importance of authenticity in the media.