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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

writing memoirs
This note is a response to a student who turned-in her second draft yesterday. She did a phenomenal job mentoring herself after Cynthia Rylant’s Book When I Was Young in the Mountains, changing it to “When I was four on Lonsdale Avenue.” She wrote an exquisite memoir about what she used to do with her best friend when she was four years old. (And when I saw exquisite, I mean exquisite! It could be a picture book!)

That being said, I don’t want to tell her, “You need to publish this for Friday’s Pub Party as a picture book,” since that might not be her vision. So instead, I merely suggested that she think about the structure of her memoir.

I wonder what she’ll decide to do…

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

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).

4 thoughts on “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions… Leave a comment

  1. Stacey,
    You are so inspiring! You’ve even convinced me to start blogging my “Monday Memoirs”. Maybe you could create another challenge for us all based on what you are doing so amazingly well with your students.


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