Writing about yourself is a fantastic skill to learn. English tutor Kaiya has designed some simple exercises to help you improve. All you’ll need is a pen and paper, or computer. Send us in what you’ve come up with. Enjoy!
Here are some exercises to help you to begin writing about yourself
- List three names you’re known by
- This could include your given name, shortened name, nicknames etc.
- Who calls you these names?
- What do these names say about you?
- Write down a habit you have…something you do each day, or maybe before bed
- Why do you do it?
- What does this habit say about you?
- List your three favourite things to wear
- This might include individual items, or complete outfits, or even the clothes worn by a character you play in a game
- What do these clothes/outfits tell us about your personality?
- Write about the best ice cream you ever had! Not your favourite flavour, the best all round ice cream experience…
- What is special about this particular ice cream experience?
- Where were you? Who were you with? What had you been doing? What flavour was the ice cream? Was it in a cone or a cup?
- Pick an adjective and a noun to describe yourself…Be as inventive as you can!
- Kaiya is a Cake-munching Clown!
- Lawrence is a Tune-humming Kidult!
- Final Mission – write a paragraph about yourself, using as much detail and description as you can, based on all the exercises you have done today. E-mail your final paragraph in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, why don’t you try…?…finishing your paragraph (if you didn’t have time during the lesson) and illustrating it in your own style. …drawing/painting an image of yourself (or creating an avatar of yourself) wearing your favourite outfit. …making a list of 10 adjectives to describe your personality, then use a thesaurus to find the most exciting vocabulary choices …doing some more research on one of the books Kaiya introduced during the lesson and making a poster or digital display. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Who was Anne Frank and why are we interested in her diary?
- Who is Malala Yousafzai and why is she famous?
- Roald Dahl wrote lots of children’s books…read his autobiography ‘Boy’ and see if you can find any connections to his fiction
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