The voice of the writer is captivating and riveting. The student will investigate the styles of other writers before applying the writing process and “6 Plus 1 Traits” to create an autobiographical narrative. Sentence Fluency as well as Voice are the unit focuses. Use of expressive adverbs will enhance the autobiographical narrative.
HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The first thing you do when writing an autobiography is start off with a lot of facts about your life; for example, when and where you were born, where you live (city and state), where you go to school and who you live with.
You have to give a lot of information so your reader can clearly understand what is going on. Once you have written this introduction, you are ready to start your first paragraph of the autobiography. You are telling the story of your life in a story format, narrative.
Here are some examples of autobiographies: http://library.thinkquest.org/J001533/autobiography.htm
When writing an autobiography, you focus on three major things: who you are in life, what life means to you and what your outlook on the future is.
An autobiography is information about one's own life written by that one person.
In it, it tells what that person's life is all about. When writing your own
autobiography, use interesting facts to explain as much about yourself as you can.
Who you are in life?
The best way to start an autobiography is to state your name. When you are
writing this paragraph, you usually explain the type of person you are; use facts
about yourself such as: have you won any awards? What types of awards have you
won? Did you finish school? Do you plan on going to college?
Brainstorm a list of things you can tell about yourself. Hobbies, age, name, pet,
best friend, memory from your early years, etc…
· Ian Nigel Windsor
· Born in
· March 20, 1976
You must write as much information you can.
· 4 people in my family; Mom (Linda), Dad (Danny), Brother (Michael)
The more information you write the better.
What life means to you? My favorites
This is now your second paragraph. In this paragraph you should state how you
see life--what does life mean to you. Are you happy or sad? Do you have a lot of
friends or just a few? How do you make your school days go by? Brainstorm what
you would like to talk about, holidays, traditions, special places, favorite people
The more you write the better.
What is your outlook on the future?
In this paragraph you should explain what you think the future will be like. Pick a
year and explain how it will be but explain it through your eyes. Where will you
be? How will you be living? Will you be married? Will there be any kids? Who will
you be married to? What is he/she like? How long will you have been together?
Make a list of things you could talk about for your future. Job (career goals),
family, kids, pet, Education, etc…
Write as much as you can.
The more you write the better.
The conclusion is the last paragraph of your autobiography and an important one,
too. In the conclusion you usually try to re-word the introduction and add some
type of closure to bring the whole autobiography together.
What you should do when you finish writing
Revise and Edit
You must use dialogue
TSW include dialogue to add depth to the writer’s character. (TSW 4)
Dialogue makes an experience come alive for the reader. Your dialogue will be easy to follow if it is punctuated correctly. You must use quotation marks.
Before I was born my mom told my dad, “If we have another girl I’m going to cry.”
Use Quotation marks
Uses “Twilight” to give a clear explanation of how to use quotations
Song explaining how to use quotations
Cartoon explaining commas go inside the quotes
You must use a variety of adverbs
TSW use descriptive adverbs in their writing. (TSW 3)
Many adverbs are used effectively in creating an interesting narrative that shows energy and strong feelings.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. An adverb usually answer how? When? Where? How often? Or how much? in a sentence.
Adverbs: Grammar Rock
Teacher giving examples of how Adverbs are used:
TSW #2 – Revising Your Writing Using “Voice” and “Sentence Fluency” Rubrics
You have read different examples of autobiographies and now it is time to reread your autobiography. Using the “Voice” and “Sentence Fluency” rubrics, list below some of the revisions you need to make in your autobiography.