Writing an Autobiography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

When asked to write an autobiography, students might find the task overwhelming. In this lesson plan, students will learn tips for writing an autobiography and practice writing a portion of their own autobiography.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify strategies for writing an autobiography
  • Begin writing a portion of their own autobiography

Length

1-2 class periods

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Materials

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to share what they know about biographies and autobiographies. Go over the similarities and differences between the two.
  • Ask students if they've ever read an autobiography and allow them to share a little about what they read.
  • Next, show the video lesson, Writing an Autobiography: Format, Steps & Tips. Follow along on a printed copy of the video transcript. Stop occasionally and discuss:
    • What is an autobiography?
    • Name and describe some of the formats that an autobiography might take (such as traditional, memoir, narrative essay or vignette).
    • What are the steps to success offered in the video? What do they each mean?
    • Share some of the tips and tricks that you picked up from the video.
    • How would you feel about writing your own autobiography?
  • As a class, discuss what it might be like to actually write an autobiography. Allow students to share their thoughts, excitements, or apprehensions.
  • Have students start thinking about what style they would use and what they might like to include in an autobiography and explain that they will soon be given a chance to try writing a portion of their autobiography.
  • Check for understanding by administering the quiz.

Activity

To reinforce learning, use the following activity to help students practice working on a piece of their own autobiography.

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