Memoir Study and Writing Unit: 10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)

Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
Memoir Study and Writing Unit:  10-Day Memoir Writing Unit (Google Compatible)
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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.

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:

  • 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 Notebook with 5 prompts
  • Daily lesson plans for the 10 day unit
  • Sample Listening Comprehension Key
  • Memoir Writing Rubric

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Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Total Pages
60 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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