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Subject: English

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will use Dr. Fisch’s description of himself as a template for writing their own short autobiography.


  • Students will read Dr. Fisch’s description of himself, his family, and his life in Light From the Yellow Star.
  • Students will write their own short autobiography.

Key words

Autobiography, determination, endurance, compassion, devout, Synagogue, identity

Lesson Plan

Read page 8 of Light From the Yellow Star. Dr. Fisch writes a short description of his life up to the point of the Nazi occupation of Budapest.

Write about your own life in the way Dr. Fisch did:

  • Describe your family members, their favorite sayings, and what you have learned from each of them.
  • Describe your home life.
  • Describe your place in your family, your town, your state, your country, or the world. Decide what is important to your identity and write about it.



Hand your piece in or (if you are comfortable) read it to the class. Listen as others read their autobiographies. Think about how many worlds there are in one classroom.

Discussion Questions

  • What title might be on Dr. Fisch’s autobiography?
  • What about your own?

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