Review: Cereal Box Autobiography on Teachers Pay Teachers

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 as well.

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 more complex.

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.

You can download your own copy of the Cereal Box Autobiography assignment packet here.

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Written by Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on and Facebook.
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