Guidelines for Students
Once students have read published autobiographies, they will need to write their own. This autobiography should celebrate the student's life. This should be a positive experience and allow students to share important events in their lives.
Before assigning the autobiography, the teacher should decide the following:
- How many pages should the whole piece be?
- How will it be broken down into sections?
- Will photos need to be included?
For example, a middle school autobiography could be set up as follows:
- Four sections: birth to two years, three years to five years, kindergarten to third grade, fourth grade to present year.
- Each section should be two-to-four pages long.
- Final copies should be typed or written neatly in ink.
- Each section should include copies of pictures and/or mementos from the time period.
- A cover should be decorated, neat and colorful.
- A family tree.
- A map showing where students have lived and/or visited.
Students should include anecdotes and details that are unique to them. In addition, students could include favorite relatives, toys, music, colors, television shows, friends, movies, foods, restaurants, neighbors, etc. It can also include firsts, like their first tooth, friend, video game, cell phone, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.
To assess the autobiography, the teacher could create a rubric and grade it based on the criteria of neatness, content, organization and writing conventions.
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