I did some slight tweaking to our memoir unit of study. This is this year’s “final” version.
Session 1: Writers read and listen to student memoirs and then write in order to inspire their own writing.
Session 2: Writers find their life topic by thinking about people who are important to you. One way writers do this is by asking themselves questions.
Session 3: Writers find their life topics by thinking about problems they’ve had.
Session 4: Writers are inspired by literature, which causes them to create their own writing.
Session 5: Writers choose and develop a seed idea.
Session 6: Writers describe a person or a problem. One way they describe this is by answering questions that push them to think deeply about what this says about them as a person.
Session 7: Writers recall memories that accompany and deepen their thinking about a person or problem.
Session 8: Writers compile their memories and thoughts to create a draft of a memoir. Writers put it in their order that makes sense and then they read it out loud to make sure their sequence makes sense.
Session 9: Writers compile their memories and thoughts to create a draft of a memoir. Writers put it in their order that makes sense and then they read it out loud to make sure their sequence makes sense.
Session 10: Writers reread our writing intently, in order to learn from it how we need to revise.
Session 11: Writers often search their writing for lines such as these looking for ways to highlight them, because highlighting a particularly strong line can also highlight a particularly strong idea. One way to make a powerful line stand out is by repeating it here and there across a piece of writing.
Session 12: Writers use punctuation to create voice. They do this by choosing punctuation that helps them convey mood, tone, and the feelings of a piece.
Session 13: Publishing Buffet
Session 14: Celebration