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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. 
Students differentiate between anecdotal and saga memoir poems. In this response to literature lesson students analyze poems written by others then analyze incidents from their own lives to determine whether they meet the criteria for anecdotal or saga poems.
Students watch the video "Pierre Elliot Trudeau: Memoirs," complete a vocabulary list, and participate in a discussion of the video. They explore one of Cananda's most charismatic leaders.
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.
Provide your pupils with 12 project options for The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The first six are creative writing assignments ranging from a letter to the editor to a memoir. Each option comes with a brief description and there is a rubric provided that is applicable to all creative writing projects. The next six projects include drawing and include a book jacket, a soundtrack, a travel brochure, and more. All are related to the text and each is paired with a project-specific rubric. While the instructions say to choose one, you could easily assign more if desired.
“To break the bonds of slavery opens up at once both earth and heaven. Neither can be truly seen by us while we are slaves.”  Class members read excerpts from the memoir, Narrative of Lunsford Lane, to gain understanding of the details of the life of a slave who worked in the city of Raleigh rather than as a field hand. Using the provided question sheet, class members track Lane’s early life, his work, his marriage, and the process he followed to purchase his freedom. Designed to provide learners with “an understanding that slaves could have a variety of jobs and roles,” the exercise will also lead learners to examine their assumptions about slavery, slaves, and slave holders.
Learners write a family story with special meaning to them.  In this family memoir lesson, students listen to a perasonal memoir of the teacher and write a memoir of their own.  Learners use worksheets to interview a family member about the memoir and also look at a sample writing.
Students understand the stereotypes and realities of older people. In this philanthropic lesson, students in groups read and report on the positive images of older people in children's books. Students address the needs and wants of older people making decisions about how to best implement their service to elders.
Students complete a novel analysis lesson for the fictional memoir Dark Hoursby Gundrum Pauswang. In this novel analysis lesson, students complete pre-reading, active reading, and post-reading activities for the novel.
Help your middle schoolers brainstorm for a personal narrative or memoir with this activity. A graphic organizer prompts students to provide their parents' and grandparents' names, birthplaces, occupations, as well as what makes each person special. The last section allows students to write out what makes them special. The activity can also be used in the "Four Foot Feat" table diagram, which is attached.
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. Finally, class members craft their own personal narratives. Prompts, story ideas, check lists, and assessments are included in this richly detailed plan.
Fourth graders research Albert M. Lea and the historical context of 1835.
Students choose one topic to write about. They brainstorm ideas about their topic or incident. They use sensory details to visualize their topic. They answer a variety of teacher directored nudging question to help them describe their incident in vivid detail.
Eighth graders decide whether to join the Union or Confederate army. Then decide under which General you serve and in which battles you fight. Finally students create civilwar documents in assigned roles.
High schoolers consider the advantages and disadvantages of eyewitness accounts as records of history. They research several accounts of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and then compare and contrast each version to arrive at a final picture.
Explore the world of fairy tales using this lesson focusing on higher- order thinking skills. Learners compare and contrast an Asian Cinderella story to other versions. It is a great way to review the characteristics of the genre and make sure that your class engage in critical-thinking activities.
Students read excerpts from Jim Toner's memoir Serendib which chronicles his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka. They work in small groups to analyze the excerpts and discuss how the author came to terms with Sri Lankan customs.
Learners examine the use of imagery to hold a reader's attention in an excerpt from John Deever's memoir "Mr. John and the Day of Knowledge". They are introduced to background information about the Ukraine and create original imagery.
Students read "I Had a Hero" a memoir written by a Peace Corps volunteer serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They discuss the story, respond to it in writing, complete comprehension activities and relate the account to their own lives.
Create a graphic autobiography integrating images and text. Working within the structure of the programs Comic Life and Photoshop, pupils integrate the Principles of Design. They focus on balance, rhythm, proportion, and text structure. The activity provides assessment, differentiated instruction, and enrichment options.

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