Підручник Англійська мова (9-й рік навчання) - Алла Несвіт - Генеза 2017 рік

Unit 1 My Magic Circle: Family and Friend's

Lessons 9-10. Writing an Autobiography

1. Look at the photo. What can you say about Erika’s character and appearance? What kind of a person do you think she is? What is she interested in? What kind of family does she live in? Where does she study?

2. Listen to Erika Baker talking about herself. Choose the correct item to complete the sentences.

1. Erika was born on June 15, 2002/July 15, 2003, in Sarasota, Florida.

2. Erika lives with Aunt Molly/her father, mum, brother, and Aunt Molly.

3. She studies at Booker High/Elementary School.

4. School Administration Board awarded her with one certificate/a couple of certificates for perfect attendance and two for being named the Best Student of the Year.

5. The girl has one bosom friend/a few close friends in her school.

6. In ten years time she thinks she will probably be still living in Florida/in another state of the USA.

An Autobiography

By Erika Baker

My name is Erika Baker. I was born on June 15, 2002, in Sarasota, Florida. I still live in Sarasota, Florida, and study at Booker High School. I live with my father, Mr Christopher Baker; my mum, Mrs Katherine Baker; my brother, Jake; and my Aunt Molly.

Who I am in life

I started school when I was six years old. I went to a kindergarten through the fifth form at Booker Elementary. While I was there, I won an award for perfect attendance. I also won an award for honour roll all four terms. Then I attended Booker Middle School. There the School Administration Board awarded me with a couple of certificates, too: one for perfect attendance and two for being named the Best Student of the Year one in the sixth form and the other in the eighth form. I am now a senior at Booker High School. After finishing school I plan to continue my education in a community college.

What life means to me

Life to me means friends and family who you can trust to and who trusts you. I am pretty much on the happy side of life, but like all teens I have my «days off». That means I have some sad days or depressed days. I have a few close friends in my school and when I am having a bad day, I have someone to talk to. My friends say that I’m honest, reliable and well-wishing. I make my school days go by trying hard to get good marks at school. I always spend a lot of time with my friends at the weekend. Our favourite places to go are the local park and the cinema. I don’t want to become a professional sportsman, but I enjoy swimming and gymnastics. I’m interested in music and modern dancing.

What’s my outlook on the future

In ten years time I think I will probably be still living here in Sarasota. I will be quite comfortable with my living situation, meaning that I will have my university diploma. I’ll start working, or will run my own business. I’ll be married. Probably, I’ll have a child. I hope that I’ll be happy.


As I’ve mentioned before, I was born here in Florida and I’ve lived here my whole life.

I would like to see more of the USA and other countries. I want to find good friends around the world. I hope that my knowledge and persistence will help me to succeed in life.

My motto is: «What you dream about, can be easily done. Just do it.»

4. Work in pairs. Look through the autobiography of Ex. 3 and discuss the questions.

1. Is the language formal or informal? Give examples.

2. What is the purpose of each paragraph?

3. What information does Erika give about herself?

4. What examples from her school life does she think are really important?

5. What linking phrases does she use to match the paragraphs into one story?

5. Read the recommendations on how to write the autobiography given below.

Writing Lab

The Autobiography

The autobiography is an explanatory piece designed to give background information on oneself.

The first thing you do when writing an autobiography is start off with a lot of facts about your life; for example, when and where you were born, where you live (city and state), where you go to school and who you live with. You have to give a lot of information so that your reader can clearly understand what is going on.

Why to write:

to give information to someone who will introduce you to someone else (to your host family, for speech, etc.);

to give your personal information to the educational establishment you’re going to study at;

as a part of a media kit.

How to write:

to develop a logical outline;

to write a commanding lead;

to flesh out your ideas;

to vary and simplify sentence structure and language;

to make sure there’s a logical flow and comprehensive coverage;

to check for consistency and tense;

to edit;

to proofread.

What to write about:

to open by identifying your name, title, and achievements;

to summarize your accomplishments, and activities;

to add human-interest details (computer skills etc).

6. You are going to the UK for two weeks in the summer to study at a language school. While you are there, you will be staying with an English family. Write your autobiography to help the school administration board find you the family you’d feel comfortable with.

a) Before you write, answer these questions.

1. Will your autobiography be formal or informal?

2. How many paragraphs will it consist of?

3. What are they going to be about?

4. What kind of information do you need to include about yourself?

b) Write notes for each paragraph. Think of the details and examples from your personal experience.

c) Write a paragraph plan.

d) Write your autobiography.

e) When you have written your autobiography, make sure that you have:

• used the correct language;

• used all important details (check with your notes);

• added examples from your life experience;

• at least have five paragraphs;

• have a conclusion.

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