Autobiographical Incident Essay Format

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Help your high school and advanced middle school students get creative with this eight-day Personal Narrative essay writing mini-unit. Featuring models of one professional and three exemplar student-written personal narrative essays, this bundle of step-by-step materials will inspire even reluctant students to put pen to paper. Activities/handouts featuring modern design elements and dynamic lecture materials will guide your students to craft their own meaningful autobiographical incident essays. Just print and teach!

This budget-priced bundle of essay writing materials includes:
• Day-by-day calendar with helpful tips and nightly homework assignments for students (1-pg. PDF)
• Opening lecture detailing the qualities of Personal Narrative (Autobiographical Incident) essay writing (6-slide Powerpoint)
• One-day lesson focusing on analysis of an excellent professional example of a Personal Narrative essay (3-pg. PDF, including online links to access full-text of essay)
• Essay Assignment handout, with clear expectations to help with students’ organization (1-pg. PDF)
• Examples of strong Personal Narratives written by former students to serve as clear models for your current students (2-pg. PDF)
• Topic Suggestions handout to help students find a good story from their lives to use with this assignment (1-pg. PDF)
• Quickwrite brainstorming topics to allow for unique topics for four separate classes, along with a note to the teacher (9-slide Powerpoint)
• Storytelling Arc Lecture link detailing the successful steps that are included by writers who build satisfying stories (13-slide Prezi)
• Breaking Down the Story Steps handout to help students organize their Personal Narrative stories before they start to write the essay (1-pg. PDF)
• Show (Not Tell) Writing Assignment to help students practice descriptive writing techniques before they apply the skills to their own essays (1-pg. PDF)
• Sensory Questionnaire homework assignment to reinforce descriptive writing techniques (1-pg. PDF)
• How to Handle Dialogue handout to serve as a model for students as they add dialogue to their own Personal Narratives (1-pg. PDF)
• Write Like a Pro Lecture link detailing six specific techniques (participles, absolutes, appositives, adjectives shifted out of order, vivid verbs, and similes/metaphors) used by professional writers. Real-world examples from popular fiction included. (28-slide Prezi)
• Write Like a Pro worksheets/handout. Have students identify the techniques listed above and create their own sentences as they learn to use the techniques. Includes answer key. (4-pg. PDF)
• Applying Write Like a Pro, an activity where students identify the techniques used by a former student in yet another excellent sample essay. Includes answer key. (3-pg. PDF)
• Peer Editing Sheet with detailed, step-by-step directions to allow students help each other strengthen their writing (1-pg. PDF)
• Content Grading Rubric in both editable Word format and print-and-grade PDF format to help ease your grading load (2-pg. Word/PDF)

The bundle includes 21 pages (PDF) and 56 slides (Powerpoint and Prezi). A dazzling alternative to Powerpoint, Prezi allows presenters to “zoom” to their next slide and the modern design captivates a teen audience. Students love the Prezi style and beg me all the time to make more of them. You can check out Prezi for free at I also have a free Prezi in my teacher store, if you want to take a look. You don’t need any special equipment or software to use Prezi. If your computer can view a YouTube video, then you can enjoy a Prezi.

Prezis run on both SMARTBoards and regular classroom computers with projectors.

Please note: Write Like a Pro is a lesson sold separately in my shop and included in my four-week Short Story bundle, which also features the Storytelling Arc Prezi. If you’ve already used the Short Story unit with your classes, you can skip those two lessons in this writing unit and just refer back to your earlier work. If you purchase either this Personal Narrative writing unit or the Short Story unit, there’s no need to purchase Write Like a Pro as a separate item. The materials are the same.

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Total Pages

21 pages; 56 slides

Teaching Duration

2 Weeks

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I have the word “Best” in quotation marks for this list because I definitely don’t consider it a great collection, and I hope to revise it substantially in the future.

We’re just starting to work with our Intermediate English Language Learners on writing an autobiographical incident essay, and I wanted to pull together a list of related online activities they could do when we visit the computer lab twice each week. It has not been easy to find good ones.

So I’ve created a list of interactives that are connected to the writing skills they will need, though in some the connections are stronger than in others.

I’m hopeful that readers will contribute additional ones.

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Here are my rather weak choices for The ‘Best” Sites For Helping Students Write Autobiographical Incident Essays:

BBC Bitesize Spelling and Grammar

BBC Bitesize Writing (Go to “Activity”)

BBC Skillwise — Putting Sentences Together

BBC Skillwise — Sentence Basics

Bitesize Sentences

Professor Garfield Reading Ring

Interchange ARcade

Here is a decent Auto-I models, one from Eduplace.

Here are three other models:

The Night The Lights Went Out

You can find more examples here.

This Writers Workshop has a good outline for an auto-I essay.

Helping Students Create “Public Narratives”

Feedback and suggestions are welcome.

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