Review: Cereal Box Autobiography on Teachers Pay
The cereal box autobiography activity is a free download
from Teachers Pay Teachers. The activity is a writing project that intermediate
writers would find interesting, and it has broader applications for art,
graphic design, career building, and other essential skills for professionals
In this project, students take a regular cereal box and turn
it into an autobiography. The assignment guides students in what to include on
each panel of the box, offering prompts and suggestions to make the project a
multi-faceted autobiography. It’s a simple concept and the download consists of
one handout-ready page, but the range of skills developed by the activity are
Students working on the cereal box autobiography project are
developing creative nonfiction writing skills. Prompts have students describe
their personal histories, preferences, dreams, and other topics. Some of the
writing is straightforward – describing physical attributes and finishing
sentences that begin with “I worry about" and “I feel happy when" – but some of
it is also more creative in nature.
The assignment guides what content goes on each panel and
has a photograph of the student on the front of the box, but otherwise the emphasis
is on the writing and not the layout. This is one of the greatest strengths of
the assignment – allowing students to present their creative writing visually.
Learning the interplay between words and layout will serve students for the
rest of their years in school, and it will likely have an impact on their
professional and possibly personal lives as well.
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