This Nostalgia unit also includes:

To prepare for crafting their own memoir, class members examine poetry by Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Robert Hayden, and Claude McKay, stories by Richard Rodriquez and Willa Cather, and Barry Levinson's film Avalon. They examine how writers language to evoke feelings of nostalgia and then apply these techniques to their own piece.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Begin with a discussion of memory triggers, such as smells, sounds, or objects, and ask class members to note stories that these triggers bring to mind
Classroom Considerations

  • Remind writers that they will be asked to share their memoir with others and should select a story they are willing to share
  • No links are provided to the texts; however, they are all readily available on the Internet

  • The 56-page packet includes a unit plan of 14 carefully scaffolded lessons