Year 10 - English - Representations in biographies and autobiographies


There are 26 slides in this lesson. To see a full lesson view lesson 1 Year 10 Englsih where there is the example of format.

By the end of this lesson, students will understand what the difference is between a biography and autobiography and some to the conventions used in writing them. Students will also start creating a vision board of your own life.

An outline of the lesson is below:

  • Understand generic conventions of a biography, including the traditional narrative point of view.
  • Watch a range of biopic film trailers, note the person and/or event that these represent, and explore why these stories have been told, completing Worksheet Lessons 6-7 Biopic film retrieval chart.
  • Brainstorm why some stories are perceived as more valuable than others. What themes, issues and experiences do they explore?
  • Understand the word autobiography, and its root origin.
  • Explore the purposes behind autobiographies (to inform, persuade and entertain).
  • Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the first person point of view in an autobiography.
  • Go through the formative assessment task and rubric, asking any questions as required.
  • Review some samples of vision boards.
  • Participate in a discussion of the visual and written elements that vision boards typically include.
  • Compose a vision board and rationale to demonstrate their understanding of what makes an effective autobiographical or biographical text.

Any film extracts are embedded in the power point. Any worksheets needed will be in the USB.