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My Alphabetical Autobiography


Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!


This idea might be used as a simple one-day activity, or students might create actual autobiography books over a series of Friday afternoons.

Teacher Leah Bivins offers this idea in which students create their autobiographies. The activity is a nice self-esteem builder, she says. It's also a good getting-to-know-you activity for the start of the school year.

Have students write the 26 letters of the alphabet down the left-hand side of a sheet of writing paper. Then have them think of a word or phrase for each letter that expresses something important in their lives -- an event, a person, a skill, a favorite something, a word that describes them...

You might create your own "alphabetical autobiography" as a tool for demonstrating this project to students.

If you turn this activity into a several-week project, you might

  • have students design original cover pages for their books.
  • have students come up with titles for their books.
  • videotape students' oral presentations of their books and create a CD of the best book pages.

For additional ideas for adapting this activity for use with younger and older students, click the link below.


Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: My Alphabetical Autobiography
Education World (April 29, 2005)

Find links to more Friday Fun activity ideas in our Friday Fun archive.

Article by Gary Hopkins
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