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Writing a Phase Autobiography

Once you finish prewriting, you are ready to share your story in writing. These activities will help you hook the reader's interest at the beginning, build suspense through rising action, and reveal the lessons you learned during the important phase in your life. You'll also read another student's phase autobiography to see how all of the parts come together.

Writing the Beginning Paragraph

Write a lead.

Read each lead-writing strategy. Then write an example of your own. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

The first sentence in your narrative should grab the reader’s attention. It is called a lead. The following strategies will help you write an effective lead.

  • Start in the middle of the action.

    I stepped into my first debate meeting, and my whole world changed.

    (Answers will vary.)

  • Start with someone speaking.

    “There's no better time than now to try something new,” said my mother.

    (Answers will vary.)

  • Ask readers a question.

    Do you know what it feels like to step outside your comfort zone?

    (Answers will vary.)

  • Begin with a surprising statement or an interesting fact.

    Before the winter of my 7th grade year, I wore a shell.

    (Answers will vary.)

Write your beginning paragraph.

Write your lead and give more details to introduce your story.

Beginning Paragraph

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This lesson is a part of the Writing Phase Autobiographies unit.

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