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Writing: Memoirs

These sites explain how to write memoirs and include ideas for getting started. There are also some writing examples and lists of recommended children’s books that use this form of writing. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Personal Narrative Writing.


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This 28-page PDF on teaching memoir writing includes steps to planning and implementing your memoir study, a sample memoir study, and a list of minilessons, and a memoir rubric.
Follow these steps for teaching your students to write a memoir. Includes: introducing students to memoir writing, analyzing an effective memoir, prewriting for an effective memoir, outlining to create effective memoirs, drafting, revising and editing, and teaching students to writing a closing. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This video gives advice for writing a memoir. It explains what a memoir is and what to consider when writing a memoir. (Total Running Time: 1:37) NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
This lesson on memoir writing can be adapted for elementary students. Includes three suggested books that are examples of memoir writing. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Pages three and four in this four-page PDF file offer prompts for students to reflect on what has made them who they are.
This site provides a step-by-step guide in writing memoir. Includes help and examples on brainstorming, drafting, reviewing, revising, and polishing the writing. NOTE: This site has a link to forums.
This lesson plan offers ideas that introduce students to the genre of memoir through readings of two popular narratives. Activities are provided that can help students become familiar with narrative structure, character development, and the similarities and differences between memoir and fiction.
Use these 10 questions to evaluate the writing of your own memoir.
Use these questions to provide evaluation and feedback for the memoir written by someone else.
These sites have tips and examples for writing strong leads for paragraphs and structuring personal narrative writing. Students can learn how to capture and hold their readers' attention. There are classroom activities, online quizzes and exercises, and ideas to help writers develop their skills. Includes links to eThemes on grammar and interactive writing activities.

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