A good sample autobiography can take several forms. It can be a recording, put on video or written.
The most common example of an autobiography is still the written form. And when writing an autobiography, you have two primary choices.
or a use a fill-in-the-blank format...
basically a book (workbook) with questions, prompts and other activities to help you go back into your memory banks and pull out "memorable gems" that you've, perhaps, long forgotten about!
Sample Autobiography Worksheets to Get You Started
Me personally... I love the fill-in-the-blank option.
Put a blank sheet of paper in front of the average person, then tell them to
write down some of the stories of their life, and they will begin to freak out!
They do this because they believe they don't write that well and/or they can't think of much to write about....so they give up before they even get started! This is why an autobiography templates help tremendously.
Here is a sample autobiography worksheet.
Just download, print and fill it out. You will find more worksheets like this further down this page.
An Autobiography Can Be Much Like Filling Out an Application for Employment
I found such a lifestory workbook (autobiographical template) as a teenager and this way of writing an autobiography has fascinated me ever since. After all, who couldn't simply answer questions about their life?
The More Stories Included in Your Autobiography The Better
Yes, it is true. Even with a fill-in autobiography, one will have to write some. It's unavoidable, but this format gives the self-concious writer some cover. Also, to be clear, the better that one can write, the better the finished "product" will be....regardless of method.
Example of Autobiography - The Whole Person Concept
Your life is more than a one man (woman) show!
The people around you, parents, siblings, grandparents, friends etc all play/have played a role in your life's story.
It's my opinion that any worthwhile autobiography will also include details about these individuals that were so close to you. It will tell of your interactions with them and how they had influence on your life.
Questions and prompts dealing with others that have had influence in your life will also spark additional
memories that can be included in your autobiography ... lifestory etc.
Sample Autobiography - What Should be Included in an Autobiography
Here is a short example of autobiography ideas and topics to include:
Create an Autobiographical Timeline of Your Life
Timelines are magical! A timeline is a great way to outline the events of your life in preparation for writing your autobiography.
Use this sample autobiography timeline chart to start outlining your life. It will get the memories flowing! Print the chart out and begin by writing in the year your were born and each year after that.
Then start added major milestones in your life on the line next to the appropriate year. These are things like...
Your Childhood and School Years
Some sample autobiography questions and memory prompts might include:
What's a walk-through memory anyway?
Imagine... close your eyes and mentally walk back through physical locations (places) from your past. Your childhood home, your first home as a newlywed, your old school, your grandparent's homes etc
Start by doing a childhood home walk-through with this free worksheet.
Here are some additional examples of autobiography topics/sections. Some have portions of worksheets that I've developed. Feel free to download them (PDF format) and use them. Use any PDF reader to open these worksheets, such as Adobe Reader. Print the worksheets and fill them out.
Making lists of all kinds, to help you recall certain events from your life, is one of the most beneficial and FUN activities you will do. I've developed a lot of these lists to create. You'll like these!
A list, or life list as I like to call them, is meant to spark memories. If you were to list every vehicle that you've ever own, it wouldn't necessarily be the actual list that is important to your posterity. But the memories associated with each of those vehicles (cars) might be. Memories are often attached to things...cars, in this example.
List Worksheet #1
List Worksheet #2
Other sample autobiographies might be more formal in nature such as those for a school project, but I believe the information included here will also help in this area as well...you be the judge.
Despite which category you fall into, I congratulate you on taking on such a rigorous, yet
very enjoyable, task.
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If you'd like more worksheets, like those I've included on this page, you will probably really enjoy my full 262 page autobiography template called Memorygrabber.
I guarantee that it will help you recall many pleasant memories from your past. Perhaps many that you
would never have, otherwise, thought to record in your autobiography.
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