Form 5 English Bimester 4: Autobiography Project
The Project • Your deadline for the project will be the beginning of week six of the final bimester. • For all stages of the work you should use the writing process and ensure that all drafts are edited by your teacher before you publish. • This will be the greatest part of your bimester grade so take it seriously. • This will be a final keepsake of your entire school career so make sure it is something you and everyone around you can be proud of. • Be creative and come up with inspirational presentations.
Assessment • Specific rubrics will be used to assess your work. • You have each been sent this rubric. • Make sure you have the rubric in front of you for each stage of your work. • Before you hand the work in check you have fulfilled the requirement of the rubric. • Hand in the rubric with the work.
What’s the difference between a diary and an autobiography? • Can you think of an example of where you’ve seen a story told from two different perspectives? Why?
Autobiography examples • Two of the three examples of autobiography that we are going to read are by famous people. • Could you guess who they might be?
Sense of character • “Rainfall” • “hardlumpsunderthegroundsheet” • “thesmell of rancidsocks and sweat” Whywouldthecharacterfindthese “as comforting as thewarmth of thedown sleeping bag”. Whatimpressionisthewritercreating of himself in thefirstparagraph.
Features of autobiography Can you find examples of where the author uses some of the techniques below? Highlight them in the text. • Structured to entertain the reader • Has literary elements, with a plot, sense of character, themes, imagery etc. to enhance meaning • Controls the flow of information to the reader, who is influenced as the narrative is read. • What are the main differences between the pieces? • For you which is the most effective opening? Why?
Features of autobiography Make a copy of these • Structured to entertain the reader • Has literary elements, with a plot, sense of character, themes, imagery etc. to enhance meaning • Controls the flow of information to the reader, who is influenced as the narrative is read. • Whichwill be mostusefultoyou • Link thedifferenttechniquestotheeventsthatyouhavealreadyplannedtoinclude.
Organization • Your work should be organized into three general sections. • Your past – minimum of 4 parts • Your present – minimum of 2 • Your future – minimum of 2
Your Past • Make a timeline and indicate the ten most important events of memories of your past. • Be creative and use poetic licence. • Your memories may involve milestones in your development. • Important moments that have helped to make you the person you are. • Your memories may involve important people in your life.
Your Present • Brainstorm ten positive things in your present life. • Brainstorm ten things you regret in your present life. • Describe in detail the kind of life you live. • Create a clear image of the person you are. • Create connections between the people around you.
Your Future • Make an imaginary timelines of major events in your future. • Write about your hopes and wishes. • Write about the pitfalls you hope to avoid in your future. • Write about your unrealistic dreams as well as the more manageable goals you have set for yourself.