Writing an Autobiography Scaffolded Unit CCSS Grades 3-6 Print and Teach

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See the Writing an Autobiography unit by downloading the preview. This autobiography was featured in the TpT newsletter! Additionally,most students consistently vote this their favorite writing unit of the year!

This is a complete nonfiction writing unit in an easy to use scaffolded format. Scaffolding information supports all learners - general education, SPED, and ELL. It's the sequencing of content, materials, and tasks. All terms are defined. Simply move through the materials, bit-by-bit, as time allows. Best of all, once students are directed through the resource packet, they work mostly independently.

Begin by reading a chapter from 26 FAIRMOUNT AVENUE - an autobiography written by Tomie DePaola - or any engaging autobiography.

The student resource packet includes:

An anchor chart.

An optional cover for student resources.

Autobiography clearly defined.

A lengthy list of possible subtopics (chapters).

Drafting subtopics, an introduction, five chapters, and a conclusion.

Drafting WOW chapter titles.

A draft glossary.

A text features reference chart.

Detailed revision and editing directions.

The final autobiography packet includes:

A title page with directions.

A table of contents page.

An introduction with illustration.

Five chapters with illustration.

A conclusion with illustration.

A final draft glossary.

Extra pages for lengthening chapters.

A post study word search for review and early finishers.

Learning targets are included to guide young writers. This unit is aligned to CCSS, easily allows for differentiation, and it's loads of fun.

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Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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