Self and Other: Writing Biography

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July 11, 2011 by WITS Editor

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Writing biographies is fun!  Many children love researching the lives of people that they admire and then producing mini-books about them.

I’ve also found that children respond with delight when they use the 3rd person to describe themselves or write the biography of imaginary characters!

Here is an example of a boy whose autobiography was predictable and mundane (I am 9 years old.  I have one sister.  I like Pokémon), but his biography (based on an interview he did with himself) is clever and full of voice.

Adam wants to be a college professor when he grows up because they make more money than teachers.  He knows a lot about science and animals (did you know a cricket uses its teeth to chirp?).  He loves to go to school because he gets to learn about things like magnets (did you know the cow magnet is the strongest of the weak magnets and it only has to be 3 cm away from metal to attract it?).   In his free time Adam likes to play Pokémon.  He likes that they have mysterious powers (did you know that some Pokémon’s contain electricity in their cheek pouches and when they get too much they are magnetized?).  Adam’s favorite book series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it’s so funny.

By Adam, 3rd grade

Third person gave Adam the distance he needed to see what makes him unique and wonderful!

by Marcia Chamberlain, Writers in the Schools

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