Autobiographical Writing Prompts for High School

Instructor: David Raudenbush
An important part of writing well is drawing from your own experience, and autobiographical writing gives students this chance. However, sometimes they still need a little prompting. Use these prompts to engage students in autobiographical writing.

Autobiographical Writing

This is a frustrating moment for a teacher: you assign an autobiographical writing piece, and at least one student says, 'I don't have anything to write about. Nothing interesting has ever happened to me.'

These prompts will help with that. They provide students with a number of topics they should be able to relate to.

Remember, just because it's autobiographical, it doesn't mean students have to tell their entire life story. They can narrow their writing down to a particular event. Personal narratives and personal essays will suffice for most autobiographical tasks. What matters most is that students are telling true stories and writing from the first person point of view.

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