This is a 16 slide PowerPoint designed to help students distinguish between a general topic and a specific topic when writing memoir.
The difference between writing about something broad like a whole tree is contrasted with instructing students to narrow the topic to one leaf. I have used this slide show for a few years with great results. Students seem to walk away with a clear understanding of what it means to narrow down a memoir topic to one specific feature.
The leaf analogy was really fun - my daughter and I drove around our small town looking for leaves to photograph for this lesson. Enjoy!