My Autobiography

Writing can be a daunting task for a young person. To encourage them to write, I have found that it is helpful to give them topics that they already know a lot about, such as their own life. The goal of this particular writing activity is not to produce a work fit for publication, but for young people to reflect on life and to express their thoughts in writing.

Writing an autobiography gives you a chance to reflect on your own life and the things that have contributed to making you the person you are today. Since you are still young, your autobiography may not be long, but you and your family will enjoy reading it in future years.

Here are some questions to get you thinking, but feel free to add your own ideas and to tell your story in an order that makes sense to you.

Description of yourself – Describe your personality, your looks, what you value, personal characteristics. What are your likes, dislikes, hobbies, favourite things to do with your free-time, favourite music, books, sports? Do you have any pets? Do you have any personal achievements that were particularly important for you? What are some things that are difficult for you? What are some things that are easy for you?

Background – When and where were you born? Have you always lived in the same place or have you lived in different places? Tell about your family. What are your favourite memories of time spent with your parents, grandparents, brothers/sisters? Which schools have you attended? What were your favourite years or subjects in school? Why were they your favourite? What are your favourite school memories?

People who have been a positive influence in your life – Sometimes specific people have an important influence in our lives. Can you think of anyone – parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, teachers, neighbours, or other people – who by their words, support or example, helped you become the person you are today? If so, explain how their influence has been important in your life.

Thoughts about the future – What would you like to do or be when you get older? Why would you choose that? Which skills, traits, or virtues would you like to develop and how do you plan to acquire them? What do you want to be remembered for?