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Memoir Stuff On-Tap for This-Coming Week

writing memoirs
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?

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

2 thoughts on “Memoir Stuff On-Tap for This-Coming Week Leave a comment

  1. I think I’m going to scrap Marshfield Dreams this time. I might not do Mango Street, but at the very least, I’ll be doing the Rylant and MacLachlan Texts. Thanks for pushing back on my thinking Lisa. I needed that!


  2. I know I have shared too many mentor texts when one of the kids says: “When you are just going to let US write?” or when their eys start to roll and the exasperated sighs start to drown out my reading. I THOUGHT grade 3 and 4 students were too young for that kind of teenage behavior, but their not!

    Seriously, I often try to save at least one my mentor texts to use in the middle when they need some reminders about where they are going.


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