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

Grade Levels
5th - 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.

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



  • 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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Total Pages
60 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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