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Students define the characteristics of a personal narrative, explain the difference between a 'memoir' and an 'autobiography', and create a reading journal in which they will log their reading activities. In this personal narrative lesson plan, students listen to the beginning of a variety of memoirs and autobiographies and participate in class discussion to identify characteristics of these personal narratives.
Students identify the process of producing an oral history/documentary. Students analyze and synthesize information and memoirs as a valuable tool for exploring the past using primary resources. Students differentiate facts of historical times/events from personal "memory" as an individual's way of interpreting and narrating their experiences. Students conduct a good interview.
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.
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.
Students 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. Students use worksheets to interview a family member about the memoir and also look at a sample writing.