Auto Biographies

By Jenna Richter | April 26, 2016 | Literacy, Project Work

After a whole month of reading biographies, it’s finally time to write our own.  During the K-1 literacy group we are working page by page to write and illustrate a book about ourselves.  Using sentence starters gives younger writers the opportunity to practice sentence structure, including conventions of punctuation, capitalization and inventive spelling.  Students can ask for help on spelling and I try to help them find the sounds and come up with ideas of how to spell the words.

 

Harlow and Finn, two of our first graders are working to make sure their writing is legible and includes spaces between words.
Harlow and Finn, two of our first graders are working to make sure their writing is legible and includes spaces between words.

 

When they complete a page of work, they illustrate the page.  It is important to be able to represent  their ideas in additional ways.  The illustrations bring the subject matter to life for the other students as well.

 

Audrey was trying to think of how to draw a stuffed horse. Louie said, "I can help you, I have horses." She shared her usual horse drawing steps with Audrey.
Audrey was trying to think of how to draw a stuffed horse. Louie said, “I can help you, I have horses.” She shared her usual horse drawing steps with Audrey.

 

I enjoy watching the students acknowledge each others expertise.  Our pages have included subjects including our families, where we live, our physical statistics and our favorites.

 

Louie drew her brown house with green roof and wrote her address.
Louie drew her brown house with green roof and wrote her address.

 

We have a few more journal entries to go then we will begin work on self portraits.  We will work first in line drawings then mix our own skin, eye and hair color paints for a personal palette and final self portrait.