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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


National Council of Teachers of English


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October 26, 2012

I've done this project with my students for the past two years. Although the lesson is geared towards high school students, I do this project with my 7th graders. I do alter the assignment some by requiring the students to create a PowerPoint presentation about the year they were born along with writing the narrative. In requiring my students to write the narrative and create a PowerPoint, I am able to teach my students proper writing skills as well as necessary computer skills.


Pam Rumancik

October 03, 2012

I used the basics of this assignment for one using 21st century skills. My assignment was a multi-media one where students collaborated using Google presentation. They had to incorporate a podcast, primary documents, video and audio clips. They had to follow MLA format with parenthetical citations and a Works Cited slide. In addition, students reflected on the project in a blog format. Without references to sources, as stated in another comment, equals plagiarism. A Works Cited page means nothing if there are no works cited within the document/project.



May 02, 2010

I am trying this lesson plan. Sounds good. I was wondering about internal citations. The samples didn't include any but there is supposed to be a Works Cited page.



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