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Reading and writing memoir are powerful ways to have students experiment with narrative writing and have a chance to explore some groundbreaking nonfiction reading. Whether your students are in the midst of a literature circles unit or wrapping up a great novel, have you considered adding a memoir writing element to your curriculum?
This mini unit is designed around a metaphor: the footprint. They’re what we leave behind us, no matter how muddy, messy, small, or imperfect, and that’s our legacy. Metaphors like these resonate with teenagers and they’re a strong way to help students make connections to the literature and the nonfiction that they’re reading. This unit focuses on the idea of how writing a memoir is a way of recording one’s legacy. Here’s how the mini-unit works:
Structure: This unit could be a capstone writing event for the end or a unit or it could stand alone in between novel units - that’s up to you! Some ways I’ve used it in the past include:
What makes this unit special:
The handouts in this unit are sparse, but the lesson plans are thorough. Use your talents, your current curriculum, your current texts, and the imagination of your students to make your mark on this unit. I’ve left most ever handout to be EDITABLE by you in Google Docs or Slides, so enjoy the freedom to make changes and make this unit your own.
This makes for a really strong and unifying way to end the school year, especially for grade levels that are finishing at a school and moving on (8th or 12th grade). wavesofdealshs
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