After creating a timeline of their lives, students can write a thoughtful memoir response/essay about a major life event. This rough draft outline allows students to stay organized during the process. A short writing guide that works well at the end of the school year.
Lesson Tip: Before using this writing tool, have students create a visual timeline using photos from home or images from online, magazines, newspapers, etc. Students can then select ONE major life event to focus their memoir on. A great prompt could be: "A challenge I had to overcome so far in my life is..."
This usually gets great responses to start their rough drafts!