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Memoirs (sp)
Old 09-10-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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Does anyone have a good unit on writing memoirs for 4th graders? TIA


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Old 09-13-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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There is a book out there called Teaching Writing with Picture Books, it is a resource guide that is amazing. It has an entire section of mini-lessons and activities to teach memoirs. For example, the first lesson is to have students do a class discussion on what they think a memoir is. After that they begin looking and examining picture books to determine if they are memoirs, this is of course without you telling them what they are yet. Then if they think it is a memoir they can place it in the "Possible Memoirs" basket. Your next lesson would then go over these memoirs that are in the basket and you would then provide more clarity. There are many more lessons that guide students through this writing process. This is just the intro lesson.
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When I was Young in the Mountains
Old 09-15-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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I've seen 4th graders write memoirs using "When I was young in the mountains" by Cynthia Rylant as a mentor text. They write 2-4 sentence vignettes that all start with "When I was young in...(pick a place), and draw pictures to go on each page. They turn out cute!
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Good resource
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Google search The Writing Fix. It's a great resource with entire lesson plans- from mentor texts as models to student samples. There's some info on memoirs, the writing process, prompts, 6 Traits, and more.

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