Many of my former students will recognize these worksheets from their autobiographies. During the last 20 years of my teaching, I developed my own version of an autobiography unit. It documented the transition time of Junior High to High School.
A snapshot of life that would be captured on paper.
During various times in those years bad things happened. The students wrote about those times. They wrote about the good things. They wrote about what they were thinking, and since it took the whole year to write the autobiography, they were often amazed at what they had learned about themselves. Years later, they still write me about what they learned from all that writing.
So in this time of distance learning, perhaps it is time for some new compositions to be written. I would love to read some up-dated versions of these things from my “students” and/or their children. Every child can do a version of an autobiography, and I can’t think of a better time to do it. Technology makes it easy to write, insert pictures/videos, and share with friends and family.
Trust your kids. Trust yourself. See what you learn.
Where are you on the Tree of Pandemic 2020? Look closely at the first picture. Are you at the top of the tree looking ahead to what you will do? Are you at the bottom feeling like it will never end? Are you helping someone up the tree or pushing someone down? Print it off. Color the picture, but make sure your special person stands out in some special way. Even adults love to color. I have lots of these in my own “incomplete” autobiography. BTW – this worksheet was adapted from William Glasser’s Reality Therapy, The Quality School
Who am I right now – in this time of solitude from my “normal”? Write an “I AM” poem. The poem pictured is my version of the “I AM” poem. Ir is one I wrote for my mom when she was going through her final years. It still brings that time back to me in such clarity.
If you are bored and you want to see what you are thinking inside of yourself or you want to see what your children are thinking about what is going on, try giving them a writing assignment. Open your vision. 2020 is the best, I guess. But sometimes, a blurry picture of what you see is wisdom as well.
Former students or families: pull out those autobiographies and get some ideas. The rest of you, start your own autobiography. These are treasures to your families and to those who come after us. Look on line. There are lots of writing prompts for an “autobio” on line now. There are plenty that can be adapted to younger kids or older kids. Positive Me from A-Z; Wonderful ME, coloring sheets of their favorite cartoon show, toys, fears, joys…Be warned though: they are addictive, and you will find yourself adding to them over the years.
Writing is a beginning of a conversation. One you should be talking about to your kids, with yourself, with your friends, church and family.
Where are you on the Tree of Pandemic 2020? Hmmmm…I may have to do a new one tomorrow as well.