Help students use precise word choice and eliminate redundancy in their writing with this memoir lesson. Originally inspired by The Washington Post feature “Life is Short: Autobiography as Haiku,” students write 100 word memoirs. It teaches students to “show” themselves in vivid details and carefully chosen words. With Inspired Writing, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing.
In pre-writing activities, students journal about life experiences and lessons. Then they evaluate the student and Washington Post examples to identify characteristics and topics for the writing. Next they practice using concision and revision with a teacher model, write their own fast drafts, and use peer feedback to create polished memoirs.
This 18 page resource includes the following: explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards, link to Washington Post memoirs, journal and concision handouts, teacher and student models, t-chart, peer review handout, rubric, and key. If interested, here are other Inspired Writing! Lessons:
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