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This autobiography project presents a unique, fun, and interesting way to get to know your students. I use it during the first month of school. Typically, I give my students three weeks in which to complete it.
Here is how it works:
*The student gets to choose which project he or she wishes to complete….either a Me Box or a poster.
*A Me Box can be made from any type of box or container with a lid. Inside the box, the student places items that explains how the item connects with either the student’s friends, family, fears, or future. The outside of the box should be decorated to reflect the student’s personality and uniqueness. Each year I create a Me Box and share it with my students on the first day of school as a way for them to start to get to know me.
*Poster: The student should divide the poster into four quadrants. Each quadrant is labeled with one of the four topics: Friends, Family, Fears, and Future. In each box, the student glues a picture that represents the category and that connects that category to himself or herself. The pictures can be photos, cut from a magazine, or drawn.
On the day the project is due, each student presents their autobiography to the class. This typically generates much discussion and students start to see what types of things they have in common with their classmates.
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