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Specifically, each activity in the unit will be composed of:
I. Lead-up. A theatre exercise will usually precede a reading assignment.
II. Literature. Brief selections from a number of autobiographies will be read and discussed in class. The readings will be used as springboards for student writings.
All discussions must deal with the phenomenon of voice. Such discussions should elicit the individuality of the writer under scrutiny.
III. Writing. Writing assignments would range from the broad (“Make a list of ten words which describe you.”) to the more specific (“What qualities distinguish you from your friends? your enemies? your family?”). The progression that is important in the structure of theatre games is as important in the structure of the writing assignments.
IV. Follow-up. I have chosen to make the Humanities especially important in the follow-up activities. In addition to providing further opportunities for self-expression and self-exploration, they will reinforce the theme of “connectedness” which underlies the unit.
A tangible end-product of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be an autobiographical booklet, two-fold in nature: a collection of personal writings and observations and an anthology culled from the former which could be shared with parents and other classes.
(Recommended for 7th and 8th grades English/Language Arts)
Reading Instruction Autobiography Writing