By Genia Connell Grades 1—2, 3—5, 6—8 Just write about a small moment from your life. Include enough details, but not too many. And you better make it interesting.
A meeting place for a world of reflective writers. The rewards are quite wonderful, however, for in those moments that our kids have been keeping lists of, heart mapping, and writing notebook entries about, lie moments of self discovery, moments to write about and treasure forever.
In sixth grade, my teaching focus is to establish the difference between personal narrative and memoir, and then to plan, plan, plan.
I find that my kids need to spend a lot of time sorting through their writing ideas, and really considering what makes a memoir worthy moment. Often, my kids reach for the same ideas once too often, and I have to really push them to dig deeper.
Rich mentor text work helps to clarify their thinking and move them to consider new ideas. So I ask them to write a purpose statement for each of the three memoir moments they will write flash drafts for. Each purpose statement looks like this: Not all of the above can be filled out in the planning stages of writing, but I find that my students will come back and add to this chart as they write — as though the act of writing makes them reflect deeper.
And then we move on to create a timeline, that looks like this. After all of this thinking, planning and strategizing…we are ready to write. My wonderful new colleague, Rosemarie Hebner, gives us the perspective from seventh grade: In seventh grade, we look for the Memoir to evolve from fundamentally expressive, toward discerning and reflective.
I remind students throughout the memoir unit, through varied mentor text and student samples, to invite the reader inside their minds by slowing down the moment and s t r e t c h i n g it out. Finding the memories can be a challenge for many students, and in the beginning of the unit, many students are apprehensive feeling they may not have enough to write about.
Additionally, I have found that sharing my own personal stories, both orally and in written memoir, is an extremely powerful and fun tool to help students unlock their own watermark moments.
My stories trigger student stories and the process becomes shared and supportive, exactly what we strive to achieve in WW. The Heart Map is one of the very first pre-writing graphic organizers I introduce during week 1 of our Memoir Unit.
A majority of the students have seen or created a Heart Map in the past, but I find that it lends itself developmentally to repetition.
I have observed a tremendous shift in complexity from 6th to 7th. To achieve the ideal blend of expressive and reflective, the memoirist needs to be, or feel, equipped with an arsenal of language strategies.
Again, we spend time daily analyzing mentor text to find evidence of how other memoirists use these strategies, as well as thoughts and feelings. When writing a memoir, it is important to make the end as memorable as the beginning. The stories should not change, because they are from your real life, but there are many ways you can write the end of your memoir.
Give your reader a feeling that you grew or changed because of the memoir moment. Perhaps you are writing about your visit to a soup kitchen to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving. Show how the visit impacted you in some meaningful way. If you write about a bike accident when you were not wearing your helmet, show the reader how you recovered and what you learned.
Begin and end the memoir with a theme that runs throughout the entire story.
If your story begins with the theme of getting ice cream, and has the theme of ice cream throughout, then you should end your memoir with the same recurring theme.(6. 16) Writing. Students write about their own experiences.
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