Memoir/ Autobiography

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  1. ELAteacher

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    Hello, I teach 7th grade ELA and will be doing a unit on memoir/autobiography genre... just looking for ideas on autobiographical texts I could use that would be interesting for the kids... I'm not necessarily looking for full-length books, either... shorter pieces would be fine. Does anyone have suggestions for me?? I would appreciate it!
     
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  3. kelbel7583

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    I don't know of any autobiographical text, but how about having your students write an autobiographical poem. I do this at the beginning of the year. They write about things they love, fear, want to accomplish and so on. Just type in a search engine "autobiographical poem lesson" and several templates will pop up.
     
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    Gary Paulsen has some great autobiographical pieces. So does Roald Dahl (Boy is the name of the first book in his autobiography). William Sleator wrote a book about his family called Oddballs. I'm currently reading King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher. My literature anthology has an excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Cheaper by the Dozen is also a memoir/autobiography. There's lots out there; you just have to look at it.
     

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