I use this assignment with my more reluctant readers and writers as a means of connecting non-fiction memoirs to something they all love: music. This seven page assignment lays out a template for the essay with pre-writing and drafting included. Typically, I conduct a peer review assignment and then students polish off their final essay into a publishable piece. Sometimes, depending on the class, I add a presentation component where students can share their essay using one of the songs they selected to match with their author. This particular assignment works well with whole memoirs or excerpts found in textbooks.