Innovative Educational Program: 6th Grade Autobiography Project

Posted on July 18, 2014, in Academics, Activities

Nancy Wilkinson and Stephanie Fritts were part of the recipients to receive the William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Education Program Grant in March. The James W. Parker Middle School teachers used this grant to plan and implement the After-School Autobiography Project.

Due to Pennsylvania’s shift to PA Core standards, the 6th grade curriculum changed and eliminated the Autobiography Writing Project that had been done in the sixth grade for many years. In response to those who wanted to complete this project, Wilkinson and Fritts decided to offer an after-school activity that would allow students to create their autobiography with teacher guidance and encouragement. This project allowed the students to reinforce their writing skills in a high interest project.

The students met twice a week for four weeks. Mrs. Fritts and Mrs. Wilkinson guided, helped and encouraged students to create their autobiographies to the best of their abilities. Students were encouraged to write as many pieces of writing as they are able, to document highlights from their lives. The writing was assembled into a booklet, and students were encouraged to include photographs and/or mementos to illustrate their writing.

Fritts and Wilkinson teach language arts at the Middle School. The grant stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. These classroom grants provide middle school teachers with up to $500 for special projects/activities/enhancements. The remaining three projects will be shared over the next few weeks.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit