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Biography & Autobiography Genre Presentation

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Alison Androw

on 13 January 2015

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Transcript of Biography & Autobiography Genre Presentation

Genre Presentation
By Ms. A. Androw
The End
---- Biographies
---- Autobiographies
---- Memoirs
* Tell the life or portion of a life of a real individual
What is a Memoir?
A memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private that took place in the author's life.
A sub-genre of autobiography with a more narrowed focus.
Touchstone events and turning points told from a
point of view.
Example of a
primary source
Basis of Autobiographies
Episodic- Emphasizes a significant period of a person's life
Chronological- Recounts the life of a person in a synthesized order
Significant Contributions
Problems or obstacles person had to overcome
Event from History
Fictional Biographies
The life of the individual is entirely imagined and reconstructed including, events, conversations, setting, characters, and other literary elements.
Non-Fiction Autobiographies
Autobiography frames the self, but its
are what shape & create the self.
Social details provide a
vivid depiction
of person's experience and accomplishments.
A function of memory, but memory is
not always reliable
Consist of pictures, journals or other personal works,
primary source documents
, historical context, or other credible resources.
Using autobiographies to help students meet the Common Core Standards
Students understanding historical events in sequence with the the individual of the autobiography, helps make connections between the events.
Autobiographies of historical figures demonstrates the actions and motives of important events.
Students have a sense of chronology and practice their researching skills.
Questions students should consider when reading autobiographies:
What is the author's purpose?
What information did the author excluded and included?
Is this a true biography?
What influence did this person have in history?
Is this person an example a good role model? why or why not?
The Value of Autobiographies

Biography &
Students will be assessed on their abilities to make connections between historical events.
"Mentors on paper."

-Michael Clay Thompson
Coping with stress
Cultural Responsiveness
What is a Biography?
A biography is a detailed description or account of a person's life, in which the author attempts to use fact to
the life of another.
Example of a
secondary source
What is an Autobiography?
An autobiography is a written account of the life of a person written by that person.
Author provides a
first-hand account
the events and experiences of his or her life.
Author attempts to accurately recall memories, but still considered
by nature.
Example of a
primary source
"We see, hear, understand, and think differently before and after we cross the threshold of the ‘subconscious.
we have 'true-seeming feelings,'
--sincerity of emotions
-Stanislavsky, founder Method style of acting
Emotional Sincerity & Truth
Source: http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/31/sublime-inauthenticity-how-critical-is-truth-in-autobiography
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