Education Technology

NCTE: Completing the Work: The Final Story

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will complete writing their own autobiography, and some students will read their story to the class.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) and NoteFolio(tm) Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

The Teacher Guide sheet in this activity contains a short list of published autobiographies. You can present the list on an overhead transparency or give each student a copy for future use. Prepare either the transparency or copies prior to the start of class.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) and NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Understand and identify the distinguishing features of the major genres and use them to aid their interpretation and discussion of literature.
  • Recognize different levels of meaning.
  • Read aloud with expression, conveying the meaning and mood of a work.
  • Evaluate literary merit based on an understanding of the genre and the literary elements.
  • Write stories, poems, essays, and plays that observe the conventions of the genre and contain interesting and effective language and voice.
  • After the Activity

    Students should be encouraged to share their autobiographies with their families when they go home. They should also be encouraged to ask their parents more questions concerning their family's history. This information can be used to revise their autobiographies or for future reference.

    Present the Teacher Guide, "Recommended Autobiographies," for choices of acclaimed autobiographies.

    Have the students submit, electronically, the final versions of their autobiographies. Use the instructions from Activity 1 to collect the files.