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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.
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.
Students write a family story with special meaning to them. In this family memoir lesson plan, 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.
In this reading project worksheet, students read a biography, autobiography, or memoir and think of the person's life as a movie. Students create a picture for scenes from that person's life. Students include a caption or explanation describing the experience being framed and a quotation from the text.
Students, after reading and discussing, "Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir," by Doris Kearns and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley," by Alex Haley, examine how an author writes a personal narrative as they dive into the soul of another's life. They assess how everyday events can serve as powerful writing topics.
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.