Even though you might enjoy talking about yourself, you may be clueless as to what important life events you should include in an autobiography. A life map is a graphic organizer that uses pictures to represent major life events. You can use this map to inspire you before you write an autobiographical assignment, or you can simply create one to spark conversation with your friends.

Step 1

Write down your important life events. Scholastic’s life map checklist has several major life event questions you can answer. If you’re in a group of people, such as a classroom situation, interview other students with the life map checklist.

Step 2

Determine what pictures you’ll use to represent your life’s major events. Once you have determined which questions you’re going to answer from the life map checklist, sketch small pictures on a scratch sheet of paper that represent each event. For example, if the day you were born is a significant event, you might draw a picture of a swaddled newborn or a pregnant woman. If the day you started kindergarten was important, draw a picture of a schoolhouse or a chalkboard.

Step 3

Make a first draft. On a blank sheet of paper, draw the major life events you’re going to include in your life map in chronological order. Draw arrows between the events so that viewers can easily tell in what order the events happened.

Step 4

Gather a large poster board, and using markers or colored pencils, complete your life map. Draw the pictures that represent your life in chronological order, just as you did in your first draft.

Step 5

Display and share your life map. Tell your friends or fellow students why you chose the particular life events you did. Explain what your life map tells about you.

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