Personal History Workbook: What can U.S. teenagers do in school? Enrique Gonzalez explains





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Published on Oct 3, 2014


Twenty-five worksheets
A personal history book
This project can take a good student about four weeks to complete….
a) The magic in my name
F is for Fierce
R is for Reasonable
A is for Active
N is for Nice
C is for Considerate
I is for Intelligent
S is for Sympathetic to animals

b) Create a map of my ancestors
Where did my extended family come from? Where did they live and where do they live now?

c) Family tree
The tree shows my parents, their brothers and sisters (my uncles and aunts), my grandparents.
For ambitious students: Show the brothers and sisters of my grandparents so I can see who my cousins and other relatives are.
For each person, put a sentence about their profession and where they live, when they were born, etc.

d) Autobiography
Where I was born
Where I came from
Important events in my life
Where I went to school
A list of some of my friends and why I like them

e) Picture pages
Write at least two sentences about each photo (When, where, and why the photo was taken, and how I was feeling)
Three photos about my past
Three photos about my present
Three photos about Tomorrow
What I hope to be in the future

f) The most inspirational person in my life
Write about the person. What inspires you about the person? What does the person do? Tell a story that shows how important that person is in making you who you are.

g) My personal firsts page
The first time I crossed a busy street
The first time I used a telephone
The first time I tried a new type of food
The first time I lost someone close to me
The first time I failed a test (and what I learned about myself)
The first time I won a race
The first time I lost a race
The first time I was hurt
The first time I held a baby
The first time I rescued an animal

If you don’t remember the first time, then change the question:
I'm going to write about a time when I rescued an animal.

h) Twenty-five things that I want to do in my life (a bucket list)

The book is put together in a word document or using OneDrive or Google Drive.

OPTIONAL: The book can be available on Amazon (published through CreateSpace.com)
Each student keeps a copy of the book
The school keeps a copy of the book.

If some students do not want their real names used, they can create other names. If students don’t want to publish the book, they can make a PRIVATE selection on CreateSpace and print just two copies of the book: one copy for the school, one copy for themselves and their parents. The copy for the school is used to inspire other students.

If you don’t want anybody to see your story, then only one copy is made, just for you.

Students in Los Angeles complete this project as a requirement before receiving their high school diplomas. You can learn more by writing to the Principal, Enrique Gonzalez.

Credit in APEX
There are several places where credit is shown:
“Extra Credit” and in the “Direct Instruction” section of the Course Ticket.


Dear Mr. Gonzalez

I heard about the Personal History Book. I am a student in Florida and I want to make a similar book. I’d like to contact one of your students to learn more about how their project worked. Maybe I can email or talk on the phone or text or communicate on Facebook.

My contact information is:
My phone number is (954) 646 8246

I’m ____ years old, I live in Oakland Park, Florida and I plan to go into the military someday.

I want to see what a Personal History book looks like form one of your students. Can you send me a copy as an ebok?

I have some questions I’d like to

I would like to share my Personal History book with some of your students and I’d like to read their histories. Can you connect me to some of your students?


John Cook, Student in Florida

Questions? Write to Enrique at exg0368@lausd.net

OPTION: Another section of the project (if you want it)
The Bible is Literature: Some stories that are familiar to many people are read by students. Then students write an essay
When you read these stories from the Bible…
What did the writer cause you to think about in your personal life?

The stories in the Bible are part of our society’s culture.

Enrique Gonzalez. Principal, Highland Park High School
He talks about “a personal history book
MarioPatriot at yahoo DOT c o m or call +1 954 646 8246 for information about workshops that Mario has designed

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