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.
Digital Version Included - This resource includes a traditional PDF version of the student writing packet, as well as a link for Google Slides. This means that this resource is ready for Google Classroom! The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online. You’ll find links for digital versions of the student writing packet and the grading rubric included with this resource.
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:
Materials included in this unit:
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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