Memoirs in 100 Words - Writing with Mentor Texts - Distance Learning

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22 pages, 13 slides, 2 videos
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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 memoirs in 100 words or fewer. This lesson teaches students to “show” themselves in vivid details and carefully chosen words. The lesson has recently been updated to include Google slides and instructional YouTube videos for guided practice!

In pre-writing activities, students journal about life experiences and lessons. Then they evaluate the student examples and those published in The Washington Post 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. (Makes an excellent back-to-school activity as it helps build community.)

This 22-page resource includes the following:

  • explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
  • link to The Washington Post memoirs
  • journal prompt and concision-writing handouts
  • teacher and student models
  • t-chart
  • peer review handout
  • rubric
  • key

Recently updated to include the following (see the video preview):

  • 13 Google slides for Google Drive, Google Classroom, or Microsoft OneDrive
  • 2 YouTube videos with guided practice

This activity can be used with a variety of online learning platforms including Google Classroom™, MS Teams™, Schoology™, and more!

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Meaningful and Memorable English Language Arts by © OCBeachTeacher

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Standards

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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.
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.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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