Write your reading autobiography. A reading autobiography is your personal memoir of being read to, of learning to read, of titles, of authors, and of genres of books you read growing up. It’s your description of the memories you have of reading and libraries, either positive or negative. Did you read with a special person? Did you have a favorite place or time to read. Focus more on your secondary years than your early years. What reading experiences did you have as a teen? Include what you like to read as an adult but limit that phase of your reading. As a child and as a teen did you enjoy reading? As an adult, do you enjoy reading? How do you show your enthusiasm for reading to students? Do you participate in any student- oriented social networks or other digital forms?
TIPS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:
1 Use first person. This is a memoir, and first person is correct for this assignment.
2 Before you begin, try brainstorming a list of memories you have from your early years (before school, too) and throughout elementary, middle, high school, and college into adulthood.
3 These memories can be positive and negative. Be honest about how you felt about books and reading.
4 Talk to family about memories you may have forgotten.
5 Write an interesting introduction to pull readers into the narrative.
6 Write a conclusion that wraps up the narrative.
7 Be certain to discuss how you model a love of reading to your students.
8 This assignment is submitted to Blackboard.
9 Be sure to include specifics: titles, authors, teachers,
10. Use paragraphs as you move from one time period in your life to another.
Note: Though this assignment is set up for an essay, you might wish to explore completing it in a different format (i.e., a reading timeline, perhaps? Or a Prezi?). Use your imagination but make sure you cover all the bases/requirements. Whenintime.com might be something you investigate. A S’more would work, so would a Padlet.