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  • 1. Autobiography Writing about self “I see but one rule: to be clear…” Stendhal
  • 2. A Chapter of Your Life
    • Telling stories about key events in your life and describing people who played important roles can be a dynamic learning experience.
  • 3. Engage
    • Evoking a vivid impression means using showing techniques.
  • 4. Revisit your Past
    • Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and other sensations of memory.
  • 5. The Meaning of Your Experience
    • Understanding and stating the meaning of your experience is an important part of writing a quality Autobiography.
    • Think deeply about the significance to you and the outside world and state it.
  • 6. Reading Peer’s Essays
    • As you read and give feedback to your peer’s essay, you learn to deepen your knowledge of each genre.
    • Notice similarities and differences.
    • Differences can be far more thought-provoking than similarities.
  • 7. A Public Experience
    • Remember, that writing an autobiography is a public experience, not a private one.
    • Choose a topic you are comfortable sharing.
    • Do not write unwanted self-disclosures.
  • 8. Writers Reveal
    • Remember, each thing you write reveals something else about you—to yourself and to your readers.
    • After writing, always ask yourself: What have I learned about myself in writing this piece and going through this process?
  • 9. Fashioning Self
    • Writers create ‘self’ with their words.
    • It can be a very powerful experience.
    • Think about how you want to portray yourself.
  • 10. A fine focus
    • The best Autobiographies will focus on a single event or individual.
    • You will both narrate your story and use specific details to engage your reader.
  • 11. Purpose
    • Through a careful choice of words and details, convey the meaning and importance in your life—the autobiographical significance—of this event or person.
  • 12. Text Models: Using Reader Response Theory
    • Use the models in your textbook to empower your writing skills.
    • Learning to read as a writer is important.
    • Answer all 3 Questions of Reader Response Theory, noting what makes the essays work or not work for you.
  • 13. And remember this quote…
    • “ Words are to be taken seriously…Words set things in motion.” … Toni Cade Bambara.