Category Archive: memoir

Four Mentor Texts to Nurture the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook: Notebooks as a Writers Tool

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Writers pause to notice the obvious and obscure moments in life. They preserve their memories in their notebooks by jotting words, tucking away photographs, ticket stubs, and other items that have left an… Continue reading

Throwback Week: NOTICE & NOTE AND MEMOIR–WHEN READING WORKSHOP MEETS WRITING WORKSHOP

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Let’s check in on a moment in Tara’s class from early November of last year as she shares connections between reading and writing workshop.

Notice & Note and Memoir: When Reading Workshop Meets Writing Workshop

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We were in the midst of a lively mentor text analysis of James Howe’s “Everything Will Be Okay” for our just-launched memoir unit.  I was thrilled to see my sixth graders making note… Continue reading

Teaching memoir: Views from sixth and seventh grade

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Moving from personal narrative to memoir presents challenges and rewards for sixth and seventh graders – they are working with a very familiar genre (they’ve been writing personal narratives since kindergarten, after all),… Continue reading

Three “just right” texts to investigate the craft of memoir.

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I love our writing workshop shift  from personal narrative to memoir.  It comes at the perfect time of year: our notebooks have filled up with writing lists and entries, our weekly slice of… Continue reading

An Exquisite Touchstone Text for Memoir

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I’ve long enjoyed reading aloud from What You Know First and When the Relatives Came when teaching memoir. I now have another text, Grandma’s Scrapbook written by Josephine Nobisso and illustrated by Maureen… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Footprints in the Sand.

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A week ago, I participated in a scrapbook challenge to document a part of my wedding that has yet to be recorded.  I lifted a line from a song sung during the ceremony… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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Please link your memoir-ish post to this one by leaving a comment below.

Pre-Publishing Checklist for Memoirs

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I created a checklist for my students to use before they publish their memoir. It reflects the Qualities of Good Writing I blogged about recently.

Emotional & Truthful: That’s What Memoir Is!

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I’m teaching memoir right now.  It falls into our schedule early this year… and I love it! On Friday I had four conferences, two of which my students didn’t follow through with, which… Continue reading

Noticings About Memoir

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Memoir Inspiration

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Need some inspiration for Memoir Monday?  Need more reason to write your life?  Maybe you’ve chosen write for your One Little Word?  If so, read this Reader’s Digest article “5 Extra Memoir Excerpts.”

What’s Next?

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I received a question earlier this evening about what’s next in my Writing Workshop: What do you usually do next in writing workshop? I just finished persuasive writing, and this is the first… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.

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Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid.  (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.)  I… Continue reading

My M.M. Post

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I was teaching my kids a developing strategy (i.e., using time lines before you draft) today and created a timeline of the last time I went to Yankee Stadium. (I was feeling sentimental… Continue reading

It’s just another Memoir Monday, oh-uh-wo…

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Somehow I have the Bangles’ song, “Manic Monday,” rattling around in my head this morning. Truth be told, I was under the weather most of the day yesterday and could use one more… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M.: Childhood Things I Still Wonder About

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the first page of my new idea notebook Originally uploaded by teachergal Ruth’s Fierce Wonderings Post inspired me to take my M.M. Post in a completely different directions. I started a new notebook… Continue reading

M.M. Inspiration

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I think nearly all of the Memoir Mondays participants are teachers. Hence, the reason my weekly charges are just for inspiration in case you need help coming up with an idea. I was… Continue reading

Ruth’s MM: My Brother.

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Last night I was looking through some of my original posts, trying to find the words to match a picture.  Along the way, I ran across this post about when my brother and… Continue reading

It’s Memoir Monday!

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Please link your memoir-ish post to this one by using Mr. Linky. Feel free to drop us a line by posting a comment as well. 🙂