This week I’m going to pull-out a bunch of texts that are memoir-ish: When the Relatives Came, What You Know First, The House on Mango Street, and maybe even Marshfield Dreams if I can find it in-time. However, I’m unsure as to whether or not I want to share the memoir I wrote about my mom, when I was in Lucy’s Class in 2006, with my kids since they’ve already heard the one I wrote about my dad (plus the ones my former students’ wrote, which were excellent mentors in and of themselves). I’m teetering on the line since I don’t want to overload them, yet I still want them to see the process I went through to create a memoir about my mom. (NOTE: I have an awesome process log, but don’t know how much they’d get out of it since it’s mostly in my chicken scratch handwriting.) I guess the question, when it comes to mentor texts, is how much is too much?
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.