MEMOIR UNIT

Assignment 1:

Slowing down the Moment - TED talk "Slow Motion Writing About a Memory"

Examples:


Example Student Memoirs


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TOOLS FOR WRITING YOUR SHORT STORY

SHORT STORY ASSIGNMENT: Assignment Page and Rubric


Narrative Hooks Techniques

Narrative Hooks or Attention Grabbers (see page 3-5) Also SEE HANDOUTS

EFFECTIVE WORD CHOICE - Banned Words - Synonyms List


Techniques for Sentence Variety

Technique #1: Vary Your Sentence Beginnings and Sentence Structure

7 Ways to Vary Sentences -- All On One Page


Technique #2: Vary Your Sentence Type and Sentence Length

4 Types of Sentences

Sentence Length

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EFFECTIVE WORD CHOICE

Banned Words - Synonyms List














Setting Exercise


Personal Narrative


Examples from NPR's "This I Believe" Series

David Copperfield "The Gift of Kindness"

"A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary"

The Guinness World Records book fascinated Juliet Frerking when she was a child. Beyond the oddball accomplishments it listed, the book inspired Frerking to attempt feats in her own life that people told her were impossible

"Do What You Love" (Tony Hawk)

Tony Hawk has turned what many consider a childhood activity into a professional career. Now for Hawk, skateboarding is not only a job, it’s a means of expression and a foundation for personal belief.

"Be Cool"

"Finding the Flexibility to Survive"

"Free Minds and Hearts at Work"

In 1947, Jackie Robinson pioneered the integration of American professional athletics by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. From an essay recorded in 1952, he discusses his fight against prejudice

"The Bird Who Broke Through the Window"

Dylan always viewed himself as a spectator in life, until a surprising experience taught him that anyone, and everyone, can make a difference

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Student "This I Believe" Essays



Nancie Atwellstudentexamples.pdf
Nancie Atwellstudentexamples.pdf

Nancie Atwellstudentexamples.pdf

Memoir Examples.pdf
Memoir Examples.pdf
Memoir Examples.pdf

"The Funeral" by Ralph Fletcher