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Teaching Memoir Writing: 20 Easy Mini-Lessons and Thought-Provoking Activities That Inspire Kids to Reflect on and Write about Their Lives

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A writing teacher shares her expertise in encouraging students to create thoughtful, artistic, and interesting writing about themselves. Lesson topics include generating thoughtful questions, making connections, developing metaphors, and searching for themes in life events.
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Overview

A writing teacher shares her expertise in encouraging students to create thoughtful, artistic, and interesting writing about themselves. Lesson topics include generating thoughtful questions, making connections, developing metaphors, and searching for themes in life events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439043908
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.85 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Memoir in the Classroom 7
Chapter 2 The Workshop Classroom--Routines and Rituals 11
Chapter 3 Collecting Material 14
Mini-Lesson 1 Who am I? What has made me who I am? 17
Mini-Lesson 2 Timelines and Stepping-Stones 21
Mini-Lesson 3 Emotions versus Details--Writing about What Happened 22
Mini-Lesson 4 Snapshots 23
Mini-Lesson 5 Chaining 24
Mini-Lesson 6 Show and Tell 25
Mini-Lesson 7 Triggers--the Reading/Writing Connection 26
Mini-Lesson 8 Inventing the Truth 27
Mini-Lesson 9 Natural Histories 29
Mini-Lesson 10 Family Stories 30
Chapter 4 Shaping the Piece 33
Mini-Lesson 11 Magnets 38
Mini-Lesson 12 Wondering 39
Mini-Lesson 13 Panoramas 40
Mini-Lesson 14 Close-ups 41
Mini-Lesson 15 Metaphors and Symbols 43
Mini-Lesson 16 Fast-Forward 45
Mini-Lesson 17 Slow Motion 47
Mini-Lesson 18 One Last Look 48
Mini-Lesson 19 Frames 49
Mini-Lesson 20 Sequences 50
Chapter 5 Sharing Our Writing with an Audience 52
Sample Memoirs 57
"My Name" 58
"War" from Knots in My Yo-Yo String 59
Bibliography 62
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    Great purchase!!

    I used this during my student teaching and found it to be a wonderful aide in helping my eighth grade students understand how to write a meaningful memoir.

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