Students read How to Write Your Life Story by Ralph Fletcher. They then use his techniques to research and write about their own lives. This document includes the project description for students as well as the grading rubric.
This is a great beginning of the year project or even something to assign students over the summer. We assign it to our incoming 5th graders and it is due the first week of school. It is a great way to learn about students and also for classmates to learn about their peers.