Language Arts, Writing, Writing Process, Journaling
Grade 5- 8
Students write autobiographical stories.
In this activity, students write about a personal experience that is significant and memorable. Often this will explain how they became involved with an interest, hobby, or subject. Included in this, they are to describe a scene which will include remembered feelings, reflections, and relationships. Students will specifically explain about the chosen events that have led up to the significance of their magazine choice.
Have students define autobiography. Students will usually want to volunteer openly and share events in their lives that led up to their magazine choice. Encourage them to share information about their hobbies. Include all discussion, which should generate many student ideas.
Using the brief student sample provided on page 128 (Notice the challenge section following the sample) or an autobiography that has been read by the class, read aloud and discuss why this particular autobiography was written.
Ask students to identify the key elements of their autobiographies that should be included in their writing.
Sample Key Autobiographical Elements
Activity sheets (pages 127 and 128)