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    My Lifeby Paul Ashe

    Age: Young learnersLevel: Elementary Pre-IntermediateObjective: To provide a framework for students to compile an autobiography inEnglish. To practise/revise the present simple, past simple, going to, will,present perfectTime: As requiredKey skills: WritingMaterials: One copy of the My Life template per student. One copy of the promptquestions per student.

    Warmer:

    You might want to produce your own autobiography first in order to showstudents and create interest in the project. This will also act as a way forstudents to get to know you before you get to know them throughtheir autobiography.

    Procedure:

    1. Make enough copies of the prompt questions for one per student. Dividestudents into pairs and tell them to ask one another the questions forChapter 1.

    2. Once they have finished asking and answering the questions get students to

    write their answers to the questions but in continuous prose. They will need toconnect sentences to create a complete text. The questions are simplyprompts to help students with the content. Encourage students to add anyextra information not covered by the questions.

    3. As students are composing their texts, correct any serious problems andmake a note of any problems common to the class. You can use this list ofcommon problems to prepare future lessons on these areas or an errorcorrection activity at the end of the lesson.

    4. Once they have completed the rough version of Chapter 1 and it has beencorrected, ask them to write it up neatly and add any photos they have toillustrate the chapter. For this you will need to make one copy per student ofthe My Lifetemplate.

    5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the other seven chapters.

    6. Once the autobiography is complete, bind all the chapters and ask students toreview the autobiography of two other people in the class and write acomment at the end. They should also write their name and the date of thereview. Encourage students to write what they liked most about theautobiography; what they learnt about this person; what they thought wasfunny, sad, etc.

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    By ______________

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    CHAPTER 1My family

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    CHAPTER 2What a lovely baby!

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    CHAPTER 3What a great day!

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    CHAPTER 4My worst moment ever!

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    CHAPTER 5My Friends

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    CHAPTER 6What I like doing

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    CHAPTER 7My best holiday

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    CHAPTER 8My future

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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    REVIEWS

    Reviewed by ________________ Date:

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    Reviewed by ________________ Date:

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    CHAPTER 1My family

    What do you like about your family? What makes your family special?

    What is your mother like? (Describe her appearance and her personality.)

    Where was she born? What was she like when she was a kid? Where did she

    live? How many brothers and sisters does she have?

    What's her job? Where is it? How long has she worked there for? Does she like

    her job? Why/why not?

    What does she like doing in her free time? Now answer the same questions about your father.

    Have you got any brothers or sisters?

    What are they like?

    Have they ever done anything funny or dangerous?

    Do you get on with them? (Have you got a good relationship with them?)

    What do you enjoy doing together?

    What dont you like about your brother(s) and/or sister(s)?

    Have you got any pets? What are they like? (Describe their appearance and

    personality.) Have they ever done anything funny or strange?

    CHAPTER 2What a lovely baby!

    When were you born? Where were you born? Was there anything funny/different about your birth?

    Were you the first child to be born in your family?

    How old were your parents when you were born? How did they feel when you

    were born? Were you a good baby or did you cry all the time?

    What was your first bedroom at home like?

    When did you learn to walk and talk?

    Did you do anything funny or dangerous or naughty as a baby?

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    CHAPTER 3What a great day!

    Can you remember the best thing that has ever happened to you? Or a fantastic

    day you will never forget?

    What was the date?

    Where were you on this great day?

    What was the weather like?

    Who were you with?

    Describe in detail what happened and how you felt. Why was this a great day for you?

    CHAPTER 4

    My worst moment ever! Can you remember the worst thing that has ever happened to you? Or a terrible

    day you want to forget?

    What was the date?

    Where were you on this terrible day?

    What was the weather like?

    Who were you with?

    Describe in detail what happened and how you felt.

    Why was this such a bad day for you?

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    CHAPTER 7My best holiday

    When was your best holiday?

    Where did you go?

    Who did you go with?

    How long did you go for?

    How did you travel?

    What was the weather like? (Describe the weather)

    What was the food like? (Describe the food) What was the place like? (Describe the place)

    What things do you remember most about the holiday?

    Why was it better than other holidays?

    Would you like to return?

    CHAPTER 8My future

    Where are you going to go on holiday next year?

    What job do you hope to do when you are older?

    Why do you want to do that job?

    Where would you like to live in the future? Why? Describe your ideal house.

    Would you like to have a family? How many children would you like to have?

    What hobbies will you have? Where will you buy your clothes? What will you look like?

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