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Less is More: How to Write a Six-Word Memoir like Ernest Hemingway
Follow Ernest Hemingway's lead and lead and teach your pupils to write their own six-word memoir!
Using Memoirs to Open Doors to Research
Interesting memoirs can be a springboard into some very enjoyable research assignments.
Making a Memoir Lesson Memorable
Memoir lessons can give students a format for writing about their experiences, and a way to tap into their inner author.
Diaries And Memoirs
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.
Analyzing Elements of a Memoir
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.
A Year in Review: The Memoir
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 lesson cites a paid resource for research, you might adapt the lesson to include research that does not require the paid resource.
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 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.
Memoirs of a Geisha: Activity worksheets
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.
Memoir - The Gift of Memories
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.
New! Pretend Memoirs
Elementary schoolers explore the concept of a memoir. The teacher tells a story from his/her childhood as an example of what a memoir is; a written account of one's past. The kids are asked to pretend that they are now adults, and are looking back on their childhood. They write a short memoir that is based on a fond memory that stands out for them. This terrific writing exercise should yield great results, and the parents of your kids will really enjoy reading them.
Truth Be Told
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.
Students sharpen their writing skills. In this writing strategies lesson, students read selected memoirs and then write their own.
Diaries and Memoirs
Seventh graders analyze how personal diaries and memoirs record actual events. For this World History lesson, 7th graders compare and contrast diaries and memoirs from the Holocaust. Students write as a way to explore one's own feelings and self.
Gandhi's Autobiography and the Study of Memoir
Seventh graders explore the life of Gandhi using his autobiography and memoir. In this Gandhi exploration instructional activity, 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.
Producing a Family Memoir
Students analyze memoir as a genre. They then organize the information researched in the first lesson and put together their own family memoir. Students present information chronologically and thematically and draft an introduction and conclusion piece.
Truth Be Told
Has your school or community been subjected to any unbelievable or traumatizing event recently? Middle and high schoolers will discuss the event, write a short, personal memoir, and then compare their memoirs with others. Everyone has a unique viewpoint after an event shakes a community.
Writing a Memoir
Learners 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.
Finding Your Story: Helping Students Begin Their 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.
The First World War
High schoolers examine the process and effects of World War I on different segments of the population, beyond the political, diplomatic and military framework of the war. They analyze the memoirs of soldiers, read poetry of the time, and examine visual images such as cartoons, photographs and propaganda posters.