Memoir Study and Writing Unit: 10-Day Common Core Aligned Memoir Writing Unit

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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Get your students writing by tapping into their natural inclination to share about their lives. This extremely detailed and engaging Memoir Writing Unit first immerses students in the memoir genre. Then, using their understanding of the mentor texts they investigated, students write their own memoir.

Since memoir writing is about focusing on a moment in one's life, there are several engaging activities from graphing life events to drawing a street map that will help students reflect on their lives so that they can choose a focused writing topic. In addition, students will maintain a Writer's Notebook during the unit to emulate the work of real authors and spark ideas for their own writing.

After students complete pre-write activities, they'll take task, purpose, and audience into consideration as they write their own memoir. Emulating mentor texts and improving their writing through Author's Craft Mini-Lessons, students produce exceptional memoirs that they'll proudly share with their peers.

Quick Unit Overview:
Days 1-2: Memoir Genre Study
Days 3-4: Developing Topic Ideas
Days 5-6: Pre-Writes, First Draft, Author’s Craft
Days 7-9: Revising, Conferencing, and Editing
Day 10: Share Memoirs

Strategies and Activities:
• Reading and investigating mentor texts
• Listening comprehension
• Developing topic ideas
• Selecting a strong writing topic
• Pre-Write
- Plot events
- Sensory details
- Characterization
- Setting

• Author’s Craft Study and Draft Revision
- Leads
- Showing vs. Telling
- Dialogue
- Figurative Language

• Draft Revisions
• Peer Conferencing and Editing
• Grammar and Conventions
• Publishing Writing

Assessments:
Pre-Assessment:
• Six Word Memoir

Formative Assessments:
• Memoir Writer’s Notebook (5 Reflective Prompts)
• Memoir Interview

Summative Assessments:
• Six Word Memoir
• Final Memoir Writing Piece

Materials included in this unit:
• Listing of Mentor Texts
• Student Memoir Packet
• Student Writer’s Notebooks
• Daily lesson plans for the 10 day unit
• Sample Listening Comprehension Key
• Memoir Writing Rubric

FYI: This unit is also a part of a massive Writing Unit Bundle. The bundle is filled with 12 Writing Units - everything you'll need for an entire year of writing instruction! You can check it out HERE.


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Total Pages
60
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Common Core Aligned
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Common Core Aligned
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Common Core Aligned
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Common Core Aligned