How to Write a Memoir

Who are we and what shapes our identities? Seventh graders work to answer this question as they learn how to write a memoir. Full of non-print resources and supplemental texts that range from fiction to non-fiction, scholars write their own memoirs after reading model texts by Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, J.M. Barrie, Langston Hughes, and more. The unit works to develop writing and targeting style, tone, voice, structure, and themes. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • As learners read professionally written models, have them keep a toolbox of writing techniques they can reference when they begin writing their own memoirs 
Classroom Considerations
  • The unit affords opportunities to work with struggling scholars; you may have to review formative assessments in a timely manner to identify individuals in need of extra help
  • Resource includes excellent links to technology that  transforms instruction
  • Coming-of-age themes are relevant to pupils' lives
  • Unit has links to videos featuring professional writers such as Stephen King and Rick Riordan
  • Does not include answer keys and rubrics