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Follow Ernest Hemingway's lead and lead and teach your pupils to write their own six-word memoir!
By teaching memoir lesson plans, teachers can help students expand their awareness of different languages and cultures.
Interesting memoirs can be a springboard into some very enjoyable research assignments.
Memoir lessons can give students a format for writing about their experiences, and a way to tap into their inner author.
Students analyze and identify elements of memoirs.  In this literature lesson students explore qualities to listen for while the teacher reads a memoir; they then break into groups and analyze a memoir independently.
Students describe events in their own lives as they write a memoir. In this memoir lesson plan, students also write a skit, musical, interview, or T.V. commercial.
Students analyze how personal diaries and memoirs record actual events. They compare and contrast diaries and memoirs from the Holocaust. They engage in journal or diary writing as a way to explore one's own feelings and self.
Learners discuss the idea of 6 word memoirs. In this technology lesson plan, students explore how using a small number of words sometimes is the best. Learners practice using 6 word memoirs writing six words for various nursery rhymes and then drawing a picture for it as well.
If you are planning a unit on memoir and autobiographical narrative, you should consider this resource. Using Internet research skills, pupils review works by James Frey and Henry David Thoreau. In response to these works, learners become the memoir writers themselves and imitate Thoreau's style in an essay about a place that they retreat to. While the instructional activity cites a paid resource for research, you might adapt the instructional activity to include research that does not require the paid resource.
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 a Kelly Clarkson song, but a teacher can choose what elements he or she thinks are necessary to the lesson. Word choice and idea development are the focus traits for this activity.
In this set of activity worksheets, students complete a variety of activities about the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha: matching, short answer, sentence completions and true/false. The activities are followed by a progress test.
Students create a memoir or poem about their favorite person or pet. In this favorite person or pet lesson plan, students also scan in pictures to PowerPoint and create a presentation about this person or pet as well.
Middle schoolers sharpen their writing skills. In this writing strategies lesson, students read selected memoirs and then write their own.
Seventh graders analyze how personal diaries and memoirs record actual events.  In this World History instructional activity, 7th graders compare and contrast diaries and memoirs from the Holocaust.  Students write as a way to explore one's own feelings and self.
Seventh graders explore the life of Gandhi using his autobiography and memoir. In this Gandhi exploration lesson, 7th graders analyze Gandhi's literary voice by reading his autobiography. Students identify literary techniques in Gandhi's writing and apply the techniques to complete their own memoirs in a writer's workshop.
Students analyze memoir as a genre. They then organize the information researched in the first instructional activity and put together their own family memoir. Students present information chronologically and thematically and draft an introduction and conclusion piece.
Students use the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library to research and reflect upon human experiences contained in primary sources. They use these reflections as a foundation for writing a memoir.
Students write their memoir. In this memoir lesson, students study the differences between an autobiography and a memoir. Students construct an outline as the basis for their memoir.
Encourage your middle and high schoolers to share their memories of a recent event. After reading a New York Times article, they discuss Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night. They write their own memoir about a significant event that affected their school or community. Using the Internet, they gather evidence that supports their view and write a final draft of their narrative.
Can you imagine living in a totalitarian country? Learners will read several primary source memoirs to gain a deeper understanding of what life is like under a controlled government. They'll discuss each piece in pairs, research totalitarian regimes, and write an essay which describes what it would feel like to live without freedom. 

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