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Writing: Memoirs - eThemes

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Writing: Memoirs

These sites explain how to write memoirs and include ideas for getting started. There are also some writing examples and lists of recommended children’s books that use this form of writing. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Personal Narrative Writing.

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The Process for Memoirs | The Writable Life — Writing and teaching across the genres

Here are some tips for writing your memoir.   Brainstorm and/or do freewrites about events in your life that affect you.   Gather as many details ahead of time, before you begin writing.   Ground your writing in carefully selected details. Use all of the senses, including intuition.   Write first – all the way through – then, edit later.   Write in first person.  This is you POV all the way through.   Be authentic – you are the main character and you have to be believable ....
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Writing Exercises and Prompts for Journaling, Prose, Poetry and Memoirs

Writing Exercises

These Writing Exercises are a collection of prompts originally published in The Journal Newsletter. The prompts include journaling prompts, prose prompts, poetry prompts, free writing prompts, and memoir prompts.

Jump to the exercises you would like to see:

Journaling Prompts

 Writing Prompts

Poetry Prompts

Prose Prompts

Memoir Prompts

Opinion Prompts

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Memoir Unit

Memoir Unit

Nicole Jodarski

 

Prefatory Statement:

              “Real Life: Stranger than Fiction” is a three week unit in which students will be examining nonfiction (in general) and considering its relationship to truth.  Specifically, students will be learning about the genre of memoir by reading to become familiar with the genre, completing a variety of multimedia activities to deepen understanding, and finally by drafting their own memoirs to demonstrate knowledge gained throughout the unit. 

The primary purpose of this unit is to have students explore how perspective shapes truth.  Gaining an understanding of the subjectivity of truth, especially when it is labeled as “true” (“nonfiction”), broadens students’ ability to practice formal operations of thought and also teaches them how to see truth from another person’s perspective.  Teaching students the skill and value of seeking to understand from the perspective of another person is vital because if students are able to do this, the “us vs. them” mentality that is at the root of nearly all social injustices is broken down.  If we as educators believe that school is a microcosm of society and society ought to be a place free from social injustice, we must also understand that it is our responsibility to teach students how to appreciate difference, foster a desire to understand others, and practice empathy. 

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Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Teacher Center: Memoir

Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Teacher Center: Memoir | Curriculum Resources | Scoop.it
Build your students' writing skills and confidence with resources that incorporate technology and traditional lessons.
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Outta Ray's Head Writing

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The Memoir Unit

As the name suggests, this is a unit of ten lessons which is as much literature study as writing assignments and a review and practice of writing terms and structures. It has been submitted by Jeremy Glazer who teaches in Miami, Florida. The unit is quite adaptable and can be modified to suit your needs. Jeremy has included very complete instructions. He can be reached at jeremyglazer@yahoo.com

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Penning a Memoir? Write a Letter | The Writable Life — Writing and teaching across the genres

Penning a Memoir? Write a Letter | The Writable Life — Writing and teaching across the genres | Curriculum Resources | Scoop.it

Need some inspiration for how to start your memoir? Try writing a letter to someone in your family. That’s how Isabelle Allende managed to write House of Spirits. She had to flee her home in Chile and was working as a journalist in Venezuela when she found out her grandfather was dying. Because she could not return to Chile to see him, she wrote him a letter to show him she had not forgotten all the family stories he had told her. This letter became the basis for her book. While House of Spirits is a piece of fiction, it is based on the lives of her grandparents, mother and her and her sibling.


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Isabel Allende: Tales of passion | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

Novelist Isabel Allende writes stories of passion. Her novels and memoirs, including The House of the Spirits and Eva Luna, tell the stories of women and men who live with passionate commitment -- to love, to their world, to an ideal.

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Misty Watercolors and Scattered Pictures | Scholastic.com

Misty Watercolors and Scattered Pictures | Scholastic.com | Curriculum Resources | Scoop.it

by Kathryn Gullo...

I’m haunted by nonfiction. A group of high school teachers with whom I work has demanded that I bring some nonfiction texts for professional development because, as they justifiably point out, the AP, the SAT, and other high-stakes tests are using nonfiction as often as they use fiction. They’d like the department to do more work in nonfiction.

Memoirs are almost a cheat when it comes to slipping nonfiction into a curriculum. Yet they serve as something more than just a true, personal narrative. They also teach students that what is essential in writing all essays is significance, that sense that an event is being written about not merely because it happened but because it matters.

Lesson One: What Is a Memoir?

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Writing Tips : Writing Memoirs

To write a memoir, consider the audience, focus on a specific point in life, maintain a consistent tone throughout the story and get feedback from peers after each chapter. Compose a memoir, which differs from an autobiography in many respects, with instruction from a writing teacher in this free video on writing.

Expert: Laura Minnegerode
Bio: Laura Minnigerode is a writing instructor and former classroom teacher.
Filmmaker: Todd Green

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