Memoir: Peer-editing

Daily Prompt WN #54: Inspired by Music

Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones: Lyrics

Take five minutes to write down your reactions to this song.  Be prepared to discuss with the class.

Use today to complete a series of peer-editing activities  to ensure your memoir is as good as you can get it.

If you finish early, use the time to explore other writing or read a good book!

Memoir: Self-editing

Daily Prompt WN #53: Inspired by Music

Defying Gravity from the musical, Wicked. 

Take five minutes to write down your reactions to this song.  Be prepared to discuss with the class.

Use today to complete a series of self-editing activities to ensure your memoir is as good as you can get it.

If you finish early, use the time to explore other writing or read a good book!

Writing your Memoir Rough Draft

Daily Prompt WN #52: Inspired by Music

The Soldier and the Oak by Elliott Park: Lyrics

Take five minutes to write down your reactions to this song.  Be prepared to discuss with the class.

Today, while I’m conferencing with students, you should be writing the rough draft of your memoir.  Remember that it should be completed by Monday so you can participate a self-editing and peer-editing activity.

If you get done early, use the time to read a really great book!

Preparing to write a memoir (continued)

Daily Prompt WN #51: Inspired by Music

Stumbling in your Footsteps by Get Scared: Lyrics

Take five minutes to write down your reactions to this song.  Be prepared to discuss with the class.

Today, you’re going to continue working with the timeline activity from yesterday.  Here are the list of activities to work on as you prepare to write a memoir.

  • If you’re comfortable doing so, share your top five events with peers and ask them which two events would be most interesting for them to read. It might give you some inspiration!  If you don’t feel comfortable with this, pick your top two on your own.
  • Once you’ve picked your top two events, complete the following prewriting activity for each event:
    • Create a five senses chart and fill in as much detail as you can recall (minimum 10 specific senses for the whole chart).
    • Write a short paragraph (minimum 4 sentences), reflecting on how this event has affected your life and what, if anything, you’ve learned from it.
  • After reading your prewriting from your top two events, decide which one you can most effectively write a memoir about. Which one do you have the most reflective thoughts on?  Which one do you most vividly remember with sensory detail?  If you’re really torn between the two, get a second opinion!
  • The last step now before beginning to write your memoir is to create a plotline chart. You can write it out however you would like, but it needs to include the following info:
    • Attention Getter, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution

Tomorrow you will have the entire hour to write the rough draft of your memoir.

Preparing to write a memoir

Daily Prompt WN #50: Timeline of My Life

Create a detailed timeline which spans your entire life. Create one-year increments.  Then, begin filling in as many memories as you can recall, positive and negative.  Don’t worry about their importance; you’re just churning up memories at this point.  Minimally, you should have 20 events.  Likely, you will have many more.

Now, look through your timeline and circle the five events which have impacted you most.  These might be great moments to write about in memoir form.

While I am conferencing with students today, take the time to do one of the following

  • Continue reading the memoirs from yesterday and completing the written portion of the assignment
  • Start free writing about one of the events you circled on your timeline.
  • Read a really great book (remember a second review will be due the week we return from holiday break.

 

Studying Memoir

Daily Prompt WN #49: “Who am I?”

Answer this question as completely and fully as you can.

Write for ten minutes.

For the next two weeks, we are going to studying memoir.  By definition, a memoir is when a writer shares something personal (something they’ve experienced).  It is a snapshot – a moment or series of moments – from one’s life connected by a common thread or lesson learned.  This lesson learned through experience is then shared with the reader.

Today and tomorrow, you’re going to read some examples of published and student-written memoirs (the published ones are excerpts of longer memoirs).  This will give you a sense of the wide-range of topics one can explore through memoir.  As you read,  you will be analyzing their content and their structure.

Be prepared to discuss at your tables, and with the class, your thoughts about these memoirs.