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The Year I Was Born: An Autobiography Project

 

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The Year I Was Born: An Autobiography Project

Grades 9 – 12
Activity Time Several hours (can be completed over the course of several days)
Activity Author

Susan Spangler

Susan Spangler

Fredonia, New York

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

What was happening in the world the year you were born? What was important internationally, nationally, and locally? What were the significant events in sports, music, arts, movies, TV, and publishing during that particular year?  Research on the Internet and in the library tells only part of the story. Invite teens to tap relatives, family friends, and community members for information that cannot be found in books.  With their findings gathered, teens can create biographies of their own births or other significant life events!

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Why This Is Helpful

In addition to learning their place in the world at the time of their births, teens can learn a sense of family or community history and relationships through this activity.  Their access to primary and secondary sources of information will help teens learn the different kinds of information those sources can supply for them (personal or general knowledge) as well as determine the accuracy of these sources. Additionally, teens learn to take another's point of view as they write their biographies.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "The Year I Was Born: An Autobiographical Research Project."

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