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Writing and Assessing an Autobiographical Incident

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Writing and Assessing an Autobiographical Incident

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • General classroom supplies (writing paper, pencils, pens and so forth)

  • Computer and printer 

  • Overhead projector

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.



Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing


Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.


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Autobiographical Incident Rubric

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  • Expose students to a variety of biographies and autobiographies.

  • Have the students interview family members or discuss family conversations and memories.

  • Test the Interactive Timeline or Graphic Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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