The Autobiographical Monologue

Created by Gai Jones

All students have something to say and a story to tell. They can relate to their personal stories better than anyone else. All students have a lot of material which can be used as part of an original monologue.

In this unit, students will write an autobiographical monologue based on their personal expertise, memories, distinct point of view, sense of truth, and life experiences.
Through the process, students will be encouraged to explore past stories, objects, and images and other personal material.

The overview lays out the objectives for the course, including lesson outline, assessment, and time management suggestions.
1: Introduction and Warm-Up Exercises
In this lesson, students will be introduced to the objective of the unit (to write an autobiographical monologue), reflect on their thoughts and fears when it comes to the writing process, and engage with exercises that introduce the concept of using personal connection and narrative to create characters.
2: Comic and Serious Perspectives
In this lesson, students will experiment with thinking from a comic and a serious perspective, which might offer possibilities for their original monologue.
3: Brainstorming for an Autobiographical Monologue
This is a brainstorming-through-exercises lesson to give students the opportunity to explore possible personal inspirations for their autobiographical monologue.
4: Writing an Autobiographical Monologue
In this lesson, based on their brainstorm material, students will look at their memories, notes, and images, choose a subject, and write on the character for their monologue. They will then write a first draft of their monologue in a quick-write fashion. After a break, students will analyze what they’ve written, and write a second draft. The unit ends with a reflection or students reading their work aloud.

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