Writing Phase Autobiographies leads your students through the process of exploring an important time in their lives in a narrative that effectively demonstrates what they learned. Instructions, activities, examples, interactives, and downloads help students gain new writing strategies and skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
First students warm up by analyzing the structure of effective narratives and gathering details from their own lives for each part of the plot diagram. Then students read a sample phase autobiography paragraph and essay. After responding to the reading, students are ready to write their own phase autobiographies:
- Prewriting activities help students select an important phase in their lives, think of what the time taught them, and gather and organize details about it.
- Writing activities help students write an opening that draws the reader into the phase, a middle part that chronologically describes the key moments and what resulted from them, and a closing that reflects on what the writer learned.
- Revising activities help students add "showing" details, use words with effective connotation, and get a peer response.
- Editing activities help students correctly use possessives and dashes, as well as edit with a checklist.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their phase autobiographies and reflect on what they have learned.