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The Year I Was Born: An Autobiographical Research Project

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The Year I Was Born: An Autobiographical Research Project

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Schulze

Yankton, South Dakota

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 24

On this day in 1800, Congress approved the purchase of books to start the Library of Congress.

Students practice and refine research skills by visiting the Library of Congress website and conducting a research project.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 7

Sherman Alexie was born in 1966.

Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28

The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.

Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 22

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered in 1967.

After thinking about TV shows, books, and movies from their childhood, students write about what they remember and revisit how they feel about it at an older age.

 

Grades   2 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 19

The Chinese New Year starts today.

Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Re-envisioning Research

Describes a research paper in the author's high school English classroom which connected to the lives and interests of students, who delved into community problems with as much rigor (and using many types of research as traditional essays exploring arcane philosophical questions). Describes creating a context for exploration, and students' final projects.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

The Year I Was Born: An Autobiography Project

Invite teens to tap relatives, family friends, and community members so they can create biographies of their own births or other significant life events!

 

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