Memoirs Teacher Resources
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Capturing the Reader With Vivid Images
Students 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.
I Had a Hero Lesson
Young scholars 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 lesson provides assessment, differentiated instruction, and enrichment options.
Portrait of a Place, Portrait of a Family
Students act out stories based on lives of famous people from Harlem. In this memoirs lesson, students compare the life of the people in Harlem in 1930 to the people of today. Students explore how "home" is different for different people. Students write and perform short theater presentations to illustrate their feelings and facts about their oral history subjects. Students understand the importance of oral histories and storytelling.
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.
Hometown Travel Journalism
Steinbeck’s witty memoir, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America,” inspires kids to investigate their neighborhoods as local travel journalists.
An odd mix of vocabulary is covered in this 38-slide PowerPoint. Vocabulary terms like biography, homonym, myth, and memoir (among several others) are introduced. Just a definition is listed, and only a few contain an example.
The Women Warrior
An appealing and informative PowerPoint that informs readers of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts of the available themes, motifs, and symbols present in the novel. Included is an adaptable essay assignment where the readers are assigned one theme, motif, and symbol to track throughout the novel. There is one fixable formatting issue on slide three.
Angela’s Ashes Study Questions & Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. Students may check some of their answers online.
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. Additional activities include reading a passage from a memoir, creating a friendship graffiti wall, and writing about an adventure.
Let the Truth Be Known
Students explore authenticity in written works and the responsibilities of the media. They read two Holocaust accounts, one that is factual and one that was fabricated. They further examine, the importance of authenticity in the media.
When Johnny Went Marching Off...
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.
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.
Night Study Questions & Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Elie Wiesel's Night. Students may check some of their answers online.
Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil
In this online interactive philosophy activity, learners read Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche and then respond to 12 short answer questions regarding the work. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Woman Warrior Study Questions and Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior. Students may check some of their answers online.
President Bush's Decision Points: Torture & the Rule of Law
Students explore terrorist interrogation issues. In 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.
Immigration to the Golden Land: Jewish Life in America
Students examine waves of Jewish immigration during three time periods and analyze a variety of primary sources, including letters, memoirs, and laws, to gain insight into both the American immigrant experience and American society throughout history.
Taking Action Against Indifference: Eli Wiesel's "Night"
Students 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.