Letter of Introduction vs. Autobiographical Statement

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  1. Ms.Blank

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    What would be the difference between a letter of introduction and an autobiographical statement/essay?

    The letter of introduction is for a potential substitute teaching position.

    The autobiographical statement/essay is 600 words or less for my teaching credential program application.

    Thank you for any pointers! I just want to make sure I'm distinguishing them both correctly so I can write them appropriately.
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Unpack the phrases.

    An autobiographical statement/essay is an autobiography: it traces your life and development. In 600 words or less, oy: chances are what's wanted is not your full autobiography but your teacher autobiography.

    A letter of introduction is a letter that introduces the author to those who might hire him or her: that is, a cover letter. If this were a school assignment, I'd have you ask how many words. Since it's not, take other cover letters here on A to Z as examples, either positive or negative. In any case, this thing is not an autobiography.
     
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    Thanks, TeacherGroupie. For my autobiography, I'll be typing 600 words on my development of teaching and how I came to be where I am in the education field. For my letter of introduction...based on ones I've seen here, I'm introducing myself as an educator and sharing a few stories that prove to employers that I would be a valuable asset to their team (all in about a page).

    Thanks again! I just needed help picking them apart. Since I'm writing the two at the same time (well, during the same time period), I wanted to be sure I was doing each one right.
     

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