ERIC Number: EJ1017643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Developing Academic Skills through Multigenre Autobiography
Bickens, Sarah; Bittman, Franny; Connor, David J.
English Journal, v102 n5 p43-50 May 2013
This article provides an overview of the Autobiography Project, listing the topics of the ten chapters and the targeted skills that accompany them. The authors discuss the purposes of each chapter and describe the methods incorporated to promote the four broad components of literacy. This unit also addresses almost all components of the Common Core State Standards, including those in speaking and listening, language, and reading. Moreover, the chapters themselves attest to aligning this writing-intensive project to the variety of writing genres encouraged by the Common Core. Students are required to write arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives over the course of this portfolio (W.9-10.1, 2, 3). When they have completed their autobiographies, students have created a body of work that epitomizes the "range of writing" (W.9-10.10) valued by the Common Core.
Descriptors: Autobiographies, State Standards, Academic Standards, Language Arts, Writing Skills, Reading Comprehension, Listening Skills, Oral Language, Brainstorming, Interviews, Figurative Language, Student Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education, Visual Aids, Computer Software
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Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
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