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The Things They Carried: Narrative and Point of View
"I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth." Just who is this "I"? In the third of ten-lesson unit that uses The Things They Carried as the anchor text, class members...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Memoir Writing Based on Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed
Using chapter 1 of Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed, middle schoolers write a personal memoir based on Spinelli's style and a Six Trait writing activity. The lesson suggests several ways to activate prior knowledge, including a picture book and...
7th - 8th English Language Arts
Genre Lesson: Autobiography
Start kids thinking about point of view and autobiographies by telling them a short story about your morning (first person), and then asking a volunteer to re-tell the story to you (second person). There are tips to help you tie this...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Mary Maverick and Texas History - Part 1
What's the difference between a diary and a memoir? Young historians explore the ramifications of this question as they learn how to use primary source materials to gain an understanding of life on the Texas frontier.
4th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Examples: Gary Paulsen
Explore the concept of literal and figurative language in this language arts language instructional activity. After reading an excerpt from Gary Paulsen's memoir, middle schoolers then classify the information in the memoir by drawing...
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Genre Lesson: Autobiography
Have your middle schoolers write a short story about themselves with an autobiography unit about Rosa Parks. They learn the difference between biographies and autobiographies, define the different types of autobiographies and determine...
5th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Color of Water: Concept Analysis
Considering using James McBride's autobiography/memoir The Color of Water with your class? Check out this seven-page informational packet that includes background information on McBride, the organization pattern of the book, and issues...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
How to Outline, Plan & Write a Memoir
Get to know each individual through a memoir project. The instructional activity outlined here is a bit vague, but has some promising ideas for graphic organizers to help writers prepare their work. In order to succeed with the...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Finding Science in An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
Learners read excerpts from Annie Dillard's memoir, "An American Childhood," with the teacher. They experience opportunities to connect English, science, nature and art together from a new and unique perspective. This approach serves as...
9th - 12th English Language Arts