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					The Descriptive Essay
• An Autobiography
• -- describe your life.,
• You can use this for
  your C.V, application to
  a University or just
  describing your life.
The Autobiography:
Make a Brain storm
How to make a short
autobiography

Just some ideas
Autobiography :
Make a Brain storm
• Think about the major
  events in your life
• Try and quickly write down
  anything in your life that
  might have been
  important for you.
• Try and put then in order
  by time (chronologically)
    Autobiography :
    Make a Brain storm
• For example:
•   Family moved to Australia
• Moved to a new area of the city
• Started learning Kung Fu
• Joined a sports (Ruby) club and
  played many games
• Father an I used to hunt together
• Moved to another area of the city
• Entered high school
  Autobiography :
  Make a Brain storm
• Began studying subjects that I love
  very much: History, English literature,
  Japanese
• Passed the 5th grade test
• Got my first part-time job
• Went tramping with my class mates
  in the mountains
• Passed the 6th Grade examinations
• Final year of High school I became
  close to many teachers
• Passed the final year examinations
Autobiography :
Make a Brain storm
• Write down five important
  events in your life
• 1.________________
• 2.________________
• 3.________________
• 4.________________
• 5.________________
Which events will be best for the
Auto biography?

1. Something interesting
• Something that shows
   personal development
• Something that shows a
   good character
• Something that shows you
   have an interest in hard
   work and study
 What is best?
• The first day I ate Chou Dou fu
• The day first won an online game
• When I meet my new History teacher
  at high school who showed me how
  interesting history can be
• When I had my examinations and I
  learnt to work as hard as I could
• When I started working at a part-
  time job and I learnt to make my
  own money. When I learnt that to
  make money one has to work hard.
  Autobiography :
  Make a Brain storm
1. Why was this event important?
2. How did you feel about these
   event?
3. How did this event change
   you?
4. What did you learn from this
   event?
Autobiography :
Make a Brain storm
• List some ideas next to each
  event/experience you listed

• For example:
• Family moved to Australia
• When I was 6 years old my
  whole family moved to
  Australia.
Why was this an important event?


• This was such an important
  event in my life, at the time,
  because everything in my life
  changed so much.
• This was an important event in
  my life because I had to make
  a new life, new friends, new
  school and new environment.
2. How did you feel about these
    events
• I felt like my world had
  changed
• I felt excited about moving
  to this new and large
  country
• At first I felt afraid and it
  was hard to make friends.
  But after a while I slowly
  made new friends and felt
  at home.
 3. How did each event/experience
     change you?
• I must say that the years I
  spent in Australia changed
  me a lot. I became a much
  more out going and social
  person.

• I became I person able to
  live an adapt to new
  situations and places.
 4.What did you learn from these
    events/experiences?

• I also learned that people are
  the same everywhere and
  everywhere in the world there
  are kind people. For example,
  I easily made many new
  friends in Australia. Most
  people there were kind and
  friendly.
Continue…
• As I was in a new country, I
  learned that I had to
  change myself and that I
  had to learn to make
  friends with all kinds of
  people. This I think made
  me a much more open
  and kinder person.
Describe your family
• Remember, try to be
  interesting?
• Talk about what kinds of things
  your parents taught you. For
  example, how your father
  taught you to be strong and
  patient.
• How your mother taught you to
  be kind to all people, especially
  people not so fortunate (lucky)
  as you.
  Describe the atmosphere in your
  family
• Describe the atmosphere in your
  family (what is your family like)
• For example: My parents are
  very strict to us all. They try to
  teach us to be honest, to work
  hard and respect all people.
• My family is a very kind and
  caring family. We love to laugh
  together and enjoy life together.
  For example:
Brothers and sisters
• Talk about what your
  brothers and sisters are
  doing at the moment.
• Just write a few sentences
  about this.
• If you have a close
  relationship to your brother
  or sister that may show
  good character , then
  maybe describe it.
  In the final paragraph
• Write about your hopes and dreams
  for the future.
• For example:
• I hope to make my family proud of
  me and enter into a good university.
  I also wish to work hard and prove to
  myself that I am capable of so
  much. I would love to study Zoology
  (Biology) as I believe I have a natural
  relationship with animals. And after
  university I can go on working with
  animals in Taiwan. Something I
  believe I was born to do.
       Structure of Autobiography:
       The introduction:
                     Throughout my life I have learned
Make a first            to be adaptable, dependable
sentence that is        and kind to others.
really interesting   My mother, father and life
                        experiences have taught me
                        these valuable lessons.
Then write some
background
information          I hope to show that I am a person
                        worthy of consideration
                        (for_______ University/ this job)
                        as I am person with the
                        qualities to do my best at
                        _________ (University/ this job)
Write a thesis          and show success.
statement (the
main idea of the
autobiography)
Structure of Autobiography:
Body paragraphs
• Each important
  (interesting) event in your
  life should be described in
  one paragraph
• 1.________________
• 2.________________
• 3.________________
• 4.________________
• 5.________________
   Body paragraph
• For example:
When I was 6 years old my whole family moved to
  Australia. This was such an important event in
  my life, at the time, because everything in my
  life changed so much. At first I felt afraid and it
  was hard to make friends. But after a while I
  slowly made new friends and felt at home. I
  must say that the years I spent in Australia
  changed me a lot. I became a much more out
  going and social person. I also learned that
  people are the same everywhere and
  everywhere in the world there are kind people.
  For example, I easily made many new friends in
  Australia. Most people there were kind and
  friendly.
How many paragraphs do I need
• You need to show many
  points about your past that
  show you are a person
  ready for university.
• One major event in your
  life should be an entire
  paragraph.
How many sentences in a
paragraph?
• At least 5
The conclusion:
The final paragraph
•   To sum up,
•   To conclude,
•   By way of conclusion
•   In short,
•   Basically,

• By way of conclusion, I believe
  my life has shown that I have
  got what it takes to succeed in
  ______ University because inmy
  life I have learnt to
  be_____,______ and _______
           The conclusion:
                   • By way of conclusion, I believe
Say your Thesis
sentence (your
                     my life has shown that I have got
main idea) in a      what it takes to succeed in
different way.       ______ University because in my
For example:
                     life I have learnt to
                     be_____,______ and _______.
                   • So, please give me the
                     opportunity to prove myself in
Write at least
one sentence         ___________ University. I am sure
asking the           ______ University is the place for
reader to kindly     me to allow me to achieve
accept you.
                     much in my life.
The key to speaking about one’s
life
• Confident
• Happy
• Express that you really
  want to do in your life
• Show no doubt
• Smile a lot
• Always say “yes” with a
  smile
The key to speaking about one’s
life
• Express why you will do well
  at university
• Express a real interest.
• Show your good character
• Show want you have learnt
  in life
• Explain your dreams and
  plans for the future
Your spirit, hopes and dreams
• Explain your dreams and plans
  for the future

• This is the most important

• Your past does not always
  matter; there is no need to
  dwell on a not so fortunate
  past.
• It is about what you want for
  your future
Importance of making a clear
goal
•   Everybody needs a goal.
•   Thins is the key to success.
•   So find one.
•   It does not have to be prefect
•   People like interesting people.
    Interesting and worth while
    people will not judge you. If
    some people do, then they are
    not worth worrying about.