Math Autobiography

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Young scholars reflect on their experiences as a young mathematicians with this series of autobiography writing prompts. From their most embarrassing and/or memorable math moment, to descriptions of their personal learning styles, these prompts give students more than enough ideas to get their writing underway.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Perform this writing exercise at the beginning of the year, allowing you to gather important information about your students' attitudes toward math
  • After finishing their writing, have the class share their work with a partner or small group
  • Create a sample autobiography that models for the class the requirements of the assignment
Classroom Considerations

  • Use student writing to help differentiate math lessons to meet their individual needs and abilities
  • Depending on the age of the class, additional scaffolding may be required to support the writing process
  • Perform this lesson in a single class or over the period of a couple days, depending on your expectations for the assignment
Pros

  • Offers a total of 19 different writing prompts
  • Includes examples of descriptive writing to support learners with adding details to their autobiographies
Cons

  • None