Mandala Autobiography

This Mandala Autobiography activity & project also includes:

Encourage your young writers to think beyond the literal level of their experiences by asking them to craft a personal mandala to accompany their autobiographical essays. The process begins with activities that encourage writers to visualize scenarios and symbols. After examining examples of mandalas, individuals craft their own mandala and draft a series of quick writes about stories triggered by the images before selecting one to use for a polished, autobiographical piece.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the project at the beginning of the year to acquaint class members
Classroom Considerations

  • A safe classroom environment needs to be established that permits sharing of personal stories
Pros

  • The 22-page packet includes suggestions using AVID methodologies, step-by-step plans, model mandalas, and essays 
Cons

  • None