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Write Your Own Autobiography

by Natalie M. Rosinsky

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Although the title of this book makes it sound like it could possibly be a book on writing an autobiography, it is actually an instructional how-to book that walks readers through the process of penning a biography. The book uses language and follows a structure that could be rather easily comprehended by most middle and high school ELA students. The purpose of the book is to engage its readers in the process of researching, planning, designing and writing a biographical work. The book uses a methodical, calculated approach to sequentially guide the reader through the writing process from getting started to searching for a potential publisher. At the bottom of each page is a color-coded bar that displays not only every step of the process but how far along the project's progress is. The bar is very helpful, as you can open to any page and know exactly where in the writing process that you are. It also makes it easy to locate information quickly. The text begins with an intro of how to use the book, explaining the key components of creating the biography as well as how to use the information contained in the various boxes and side bars. These include case studies, quotes and excerpts from published biographies, tips/techniques, and quick writing exercises. All of these boxes and bars can make the pages cluttered at times but not to the point where the reader loses direction. What I like most about this book is that it offers essentially a formula for putting the project together while offering plenty of creative freedom. Writing a biography can be a daunting task for anyone, let alone younger writers, and the text provides step-by-step instruction without making it a mindless effort. This book could be used to satisfy basically all of CCSS writing standards two (writing informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas....) as well as the production and distribution standards and the research to build and present knowledge standards. ( )
  J.Davidson | Feb 2, 2015 |
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Take an eye-opening look at yourself - inside and out. Knowing yourself is important as you write your own autobiography. The writing process will help you explore and explain what you see inside yourself. And it may even change your life!

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Provides writing tips and activities to help readers become writers of biographies.

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