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Alphabiography Project: Totally You

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Alphabiography Project: Totally You

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

In this lesson, the traditional autobiography writing project is given a twist as students write alphabiographies—recording an event, person, object, or feeling associated with each letter of the alphabet. Students are introduced to the idea of the alphabiography through passages from James Howe's Totally Joe. Students then work with the teacher to create guidelines for writing their own alphabiographies. Students create an entry for each letter of the alphabet, writing about an important event from their lives. After the entry for each letter, students sum up the stories and vignettes by recording the life lessons they learned from the events. Since this type of autobiography breaks out of chronological order, students can choose what has been important in their lives. And since the writing pieces are short, even reluctant writers are eager to write!

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
10 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the Grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.6.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
17 ) Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue. [RI.6.7]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.17- Use information presented in different media or formats (e.g., video, print) to demonstrate understanding of a topic or issue.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
24 ) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 21-23 above.) [W.6.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
25 ) With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three Language standards in Grades K-6.) [W.6.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.6.1]

a. Demonstrate knowledge of subject-verb agreement when interrupted by a prepositional phrase, with inverted word order, and with indefinite pronouns as subjects. (Alabama)

b. Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive). [L.6.1a]

c. Use intensive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves). [L.6.1b]

d. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.* [L.6.1c]

e. Recognize and correct vague pronouns (i.e., ones with unclear or ambiguous antecedents).* [L.6.1d]

f. Recognize variations from Standard English in their own and others' writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language.* [L.6.1e]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.37- Demonstrate standard English grammar when communicating.
ELA.AAS.6.37a- Use a complete sentence when asking and answering questions.
ELA.AAS.6.37b- Use correct nouns and verbs.
ELA.AAS.6.37c- Use correct pronouns.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
27 ) Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. [W.7.8]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.27- Gather and classify information that is relevant to a topic and subtopics; paraphrase data and conclusions.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
29 ) Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision, and shorter time frames such as a single sitting or a day or two for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. [W.7.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
23 ) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 20-22 above.) [W.8.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
36 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.8.1]

a. Apply rules of subject-verb agreement when interrupted by a prepositional phrase, with inverted word order, with indefinite pronouns as subjects, compound subjects joined by correlative and coordinating conjunctions, and collective nouns when verb form depends on the rest of the sentence. (Alabama)

b. Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences. [L.8.1a]

c. Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice. [L.8.1b]

d. Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood. [L.8.1c]

e. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.* [L.8.1d]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.8.36- Demonstrate standard English grammar when communicating.
ELA.AAS.8.36a- Use a complete sentence with appropriate subject-verb agreement when asking and answering questions.


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