Lesson 3: Write Your Own Autobiography

April 30, 2020 by Minerva Tutors,

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 lawrence@minervatutors.com.

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
Send your work, pics and clips into us at lawrence@minervatutors.com and we might even show it at the start of next week’s live lesson! Watch LIVE Creative writing lessons here Read more exciting lessons here If you’d like to talk to us about how to improve creative writing skills or speak to one of our English tutors please fill out a Contact Form or email hello@minervatutors.com, call +44 (0) 2088193276 or WhatsApp

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