Where Can I Find Self-Reflective Profiles?
July 8, 2008 11:27 AM Subscribe
Where can I find examples of profile-writing that say as much about the profiler
as the profilee
posted by themadjuggler to education (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This year I will be leading a publication project with my ninth-grade English language arts classes in which they profile members of their community (local artists, musicians, shopkeepers, civil workers, etc.). Hopefully, my students will be able to look at these people's accomplishments/struggles and think about who they want to be in the future and how they will contribute to the community themselves. I want them to strike a balance between writing about their interviewees and writing about themselves, but I can't think of any good works of this genre to use as model texts.
My students have a wide range of academic abilities including some with special needs. There is a significant proportion of English language learners, as the school is in a largely Hispanic neighborhood of Brooklyn. At the very least, we will look at Sandra Cisneros's vignettes in The House on Mango Street, and perhaps Ernesto Quiñonez's Bodega Dreams.
What are your best suggestions for this group of young writers?