Autobiography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

This video lesson delivers the facts about autobiographies, and an activity gives students the chance to pen their own stories. Take advantage of the extra opportunities for exploration of this topic and related lessons for further study.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define autobiography
  • delineate different types of autobiography
  • outline a personal autobiography


1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)


Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 9-10 here.)

Key Vocabulary

  • Autobiography
  • Journals
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Memoirs


  • Begin by asking students to define 'autobiography' for you. Write their responses on the board.
  • Now, play the video lesson Autobiography: Definition & Examples, pausing at 1:11.
  • Were the student-provided definitions on point with the information provided in the video lesson? Discuss this as a class. If not, fill in any missing information on the board now.
  • Next, have each student write 10 sentences listing key events from their lives so far.
  • When all students have a list of 10 key life events, continue playing the video lesson, pausing at 1:40.
  • Have the students revisit their lists of life events. Have they used personal pronouns as indicated in the video lesson? If not, have them edit their sentences now.
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.

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