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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. Additional activities include reading a passage from a memoir, creating a friendship graffiti wall, and writing about an adventure.
Eighth graders explore Civil War campaigns. In this Civil War lesson, 8th graders collaborate and conduct research to create presentations that focus on specific Union or Confederate generals and battles. Students take on the roles of photographers, reporters, and biographers.
Explore the concept of literal and figurative language in this language arts language lesson plan. 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.
Students explore terrorist interrogation issues. For this human rights lesson, students read articles and documents related to torture in terrorist investigations. Students respond to discussion questions regarding the articles. Students write position papers on the topic.
High schoolers comprehend how the past affects individuals and society. They comprehend how to perceive past events with historical empathy. Students produce written work that makes connections to related topics or information. They recognize a range of literary elements and techniques and use these elements to interpret the work.
Students investigate why the Treaty of Versailles took the form that it did. They read an interactive memoir of a soldier after he returned home after WWI, conduct research on the Treaty of Versailles, and write the front page of a German newspaper the day that the peace treaty was announced.
Did you know the word memoir is related to the word memory? It makes sense once you study the root word. This presentation starts with an introduction into memoirs and what characteristics will set a written memoir apart from the rest. This presentation focuses on how to write a powerful, telling memoir.
Explore nonfiction writing with your class. They will identify elements in nonfiction by reviewing elements of fiction. Then they use biographies, memoirs, menus, Time for Kids, and text books to identify elements of nonfiction. They will respond to the text using thoughtful questions.
Help your writers get started with these hooks! Twenty-five opening lines from the "Lives" column in the New York Times Magazine act as prompts for creative writing. Have your learners choose one prompt and write an original essay. Scholars can write memoirs, poems, plays, etc.