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30 resources with the keyterm memoir

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Autobiography Project

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Middle school is a time of many changes and developments. Have your class reflect on their personalities during this tumultuous time with a portfolio full of autobiographical writing prompts. Kids write about the way they feel now, their...
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“Twelve Years a Slave”: Analyzing Slave Narratives

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Readers of Solomon Northup's brutally frank slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave examine passages that support the argument that slavery "undermined and corrupted" the institution of marriage. Background information is provided by a...
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Truth Be Told

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Encourage your middle and high schoolers to share their memories of a recent event. After reading a New York Times article, they discuss Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night. They write their own memoir about a significant event that affected...
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The Things They Carried: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth." Just who is this "I"? In the third of ten-lesson plan unit that uses The Things They Carried as the anchor text, class members...
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Genre Lesson: Autobiography

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Start kids thinking about point of view and autobiographies by telling them a short story about your morning (first person), and then asking a volunteer to re-tell the story to you (second person). There are tips to help you tie this...
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A Moment Like This Memoir

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
What is a memoir? What makes a memoir special? Encourage your young writers to create their own memoirs based on a memory they have. First, they discuss chapter one of the book Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, and they talk about the memoir...
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Writing and Autobiography

For Teachers 5th - 8th
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...
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A Year in Review: The Memoir

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you are planning a unit on memoir and autobiographical narrative, you should consider this resource. Using Internet research skills, pupils review works by James Frey and Henry David Thoreau. In response to these works, learners...
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Exploring Poetry and Poets

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Combine the study of poetry and non-fiction texts with this complete and ready-to-use six-week unit. After reading numerous poems from local writers and compiling a personal anthology, high schoolers find and read a memoir or biography...
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How to Outline, Plan & Write a Memoir

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Get to know each individual through a memoir project. The lesson outlined here is a bit vague, but has some promising ideas for graphic organizers to help writers prepare their work. In order to succeed with the lesson, you will need to...
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Writing a Personal Narrative

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students complete a variety of computer file pre-writing activities to help them prepare for writing a personal narrative. They focus on including a beginning, middle and end to their narrative. They make a class book.
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Reading Examples

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young writers read excerpts from Gary Paulsen's memoir to identify figurative and literal language that contain sensory details. They determine which selections are examples of sensory language and fi the language is used literally or...
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Roots Template

For Students 6th - 8th
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...
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Memory Story

For Teachers 6th
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...
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Genre Lesson: Autobiography

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Have your middle schoolers write a short story about themselves with an autobiography unit about Rosa Parks. They learn the difference between biographies and autobiographies, define the different types of autobiographies and determine...
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Less is More: How to Write a Six-Word Memoir like Ernest Hemingway

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Follow Ernest Hemingway's lead and lead and teach your pupils to write their own six-word memoir!
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Exploring the Personal Narrative

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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Finding Science in An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read excerpts from Annie Dillard's memoir, "An American Childhood," with the teacher. They experience opportunities to connect English, science, nature and art together from a new and unique perspective. This approach...
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Nudging Questions

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Learners 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...
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What is Your Story?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students listen to Picnic In October and Memory Coat to explore the concept of memoirs. They interview a family member and write a personal memoir that reflects their own family history.
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When I Was Young in Brooklyn

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students identify various techniques used in memoirs. They reflect on similarities and differences betwee two authors. Students define the term memior. They write about various techiques they noticed the authors used. Students write...
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Understanding Memoir

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
Young scholars describe events in their own lives as they write a memoir. In this memoir lesson plan, students also write a skit, musical, interview, or T.V. commercial.
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Finding Your Story: Helping Students Begin Their Memoir

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students write their memoir. In this memoir lesson, students study the differences between an autobiography and a memoir. Students construct an outline as the basis for their memoir.
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Family Tales: Lesson 7

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders listen to an author's family stories. In this memoir instructional activity, 6th graders listen to stories and discuss the author's memories. They consider the author's voice and then define the word memoir.