My second writing project with sixth-graders after the Sometimes Poem is memoir writing. He described the rides and attractions in great detail.
I took this memory and developed it into a memoir for a high school writing assignment. Activity: Other — Build or Activate Background Knowledge Give students the scenario for the lesson and have students discuss how certain events have shaped their lives.
Provide feedback on their examples, especially if senses are missing or misidentified.
You will need to provide plenty of sensory details or imagery so that your readers or viewers can vividly experience what you're describing. Use an add-on like Autocrat, FormMule, or the summary data to provide feedback to students.
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 explained it this way so they could see that a memoir contains everything that a narrative does, but that it also includes a moment of reflection. I continued to ask questions and to listen, and soon this student was speaking about his relationship with his mother, about how she worked all the time and he rarely saw her, how this was a day when he saw another side of her that he rarely saw growing up.
Rich mentor text work helps to clarify their thinking and move them to consider new ideas.