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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.
6th - 12th Language Arts 66 Views 460 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 examine the point of view of Tim O'Brien's famous novel.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 24 Downloads
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 instructional activity 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 instructional activity.
7th - 8th Language Arts 8 Views 23 Downloads
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 anticipatory activity into the nonfiction genre, and kids explore six types of autobiographies using a graphic organizer.
4th - 6th Language Arts 31 Views 98 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 20 Views 72 Downloads
6 Word Digital Memoirs
Learners discuss the idea of 6 word memoirs. In this technology lesson, 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.
6th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 9 Downloads
Exploring Poetry and Poets
Combine the study of poetry and non-fiction texts with this complete and ready-to-use six-week unit. After reading numerous poems from local writers and compiling a personal anthology, high schoolers find and read a memoir or biography of a chosen poet.
9th - 12th Language Arts 47 Views 424 Downloads
A Moment Like This Memoir
What is a memoir? What makes a memoir special? Encourage your young writers to create their own memoirs based on a memory they have. First, they discuss chapter one of the book Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, and they talk about the memoir created.
2nd - 5th Language Arts 10 Views 93 Downloads
After reading and analyzing two narrative memoirs, middle schoolers engage in a variety of activities, including writing an essay, developing a story map, and creating character charts. They then compare and contrast story maps, and match character descriptions with the characters.
6th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 88 Downloads
Love this lesson! This activity takes writing a memoir to the next level. Pupils listen to a story from The New York Times, bring in a picture which is meaningful to them, and use it to create a project about their life. Within the lesson, there are questions and resources designed to make this activity a critical-thinking experience.
6th Language Arts 6 Views 35 Downloads
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.
7th - 10th Language Arts 5 Views 22 Downloads
The First World War
Students 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 64 Views 266 Downloads
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 how to identify which type of autobiography a book fits.
5th - 6th Language Arts 20 Views 49 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Elements of Art - Memoir Book
Learn and practice the elements of art by making a picture book. Also containing short memoirs of their own lives, this would be a perect project and also a gift to take home. In doing this project, they also gain an understanding of the career of book illustration.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 59 Downloads
Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory details and one rich in description.
8th Language Arts 139 Views 420 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Writing and Autobiography
Are you working on an autobiographical or narrative writing unit? Bring this lesson to your class, as it takes young writers through the process of drafting and sequencing an autobiography. After observing and demonstrating steps of the writing process, they read and discuss examples of poetry, and write a letter to themselves.
5th - 8th Language Arts 22 Views 308 Downloads
Reading Examples: Gary Paulsen
Explore the concept of literal and figurative language in this language arts language lesson. After reading an excerpt from Gary Paulsen's memoir, middle schoolers then classify the information in the memoir by drawing conclusions, inferring information, and identifying literal or figurative language.
5th - 8th Language Arts 34 Views 339 Downloads