Why do this project?

History is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood.– Carl Jung

People are interesting. Everyone has a story to tell – and an audience eager to read and enjoy it. You might write your autobiography mostly for yourself, perhaps for the pleasure of looking back and being reflective, explaining to yourself how you became who you are, understanding yourself, telling your side of the story. Or you might write it for others to learn new things about you, or for friends to remember you by, or for future readers to learn about the time and the place in which you live. It’s a way of making and leaving your mark on the world.

This writing project has a connection to The Anthology of Life poetry project, which children will also undertake this year too. Your young writers will also be drawing on their experiences of writing Biography and Memoir in other years. Like Biography, People’s History and Memoir, children’s autobiographies will inform, educate, entertain and give pleasure to themselves and their readers.

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Suggestions for both year group and whole school writing progression
  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts
  • Over 30 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library

+ Our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Year 6 purpose and audience writing wheel
  • Publishing and performance menu
  • 2 exemplar texts
  • Idea generation techniques
  • Dabbling and drafting advice
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Our quick guide to teaching writing

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