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Memoir Writing Unit

Memoir Assignment Sheet

English 10B Memoir Assignment

The purpose of a memoir is to show the reader one important aspect of your life.  This cannot be about a single event in your life.  Instead, you should show the reader, through a series of vignettes, who you WERE, who you ARE NOW, and who you MIGHT BECOME.  The vignettes should all relate to a theme or lesson that applies to your life.
You will not remember every detail or conversation exactly as it happened.  As a memoirist, you are allowed to recreate the scene as best as you can remember, filling in the smaller details.  Try to capture the feeling of that moment.  Don’t worry about having everything historically correct.
If you are writing about something that you did often, show me one scene that captures what that was like.  For example, if you went to your grandma’s house once a month when you were young, write about one such time, including important details from several actual visits.

1.    Three pages, minimum, five pages max.  I will not grade any pages beyond five.
2.    Final draft must be typed, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced.
3.    Include some dialogue.
4.    Begin your story in an interesting place and hook your reader in the first sentence.  I recommend beginning with action, a vivid description, or dialogue.
5.    By the end of the story, the message, or “So What” should be clear to the reader.  The reader should know why you wrote this piece and what he/she is supposed to learn from it.

Total Points: 100
    50 for Ideas/Organization
    15 for Voice
    15 for Word Choice
    10 for Sentence Fluency
    10 for Conventions

Memoir Peer Edit Form

This worksheet will guide students in editing each other's second or third drafts.

This resource is part of the Memoir Writing Unit and the English 10 course.

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Memoir Peer Review Sheet

Writer’s Name: ___________________________

Reviewer’s Name: ___________________________

English 10B Memoir Peer Review

Writer: What do you need help with on your memoir (list 2-3 specific things).

As you read, write Good by those sections of the story that you particularly like.
    Mark with ? the portions of the story that confuse you.
    Write Reword by sections that don’t confuse you but are still poorly written.
    Write Reorder by sections that you think are out of place and should be moved.
    Write Frag, RO, or Awk by fragments, run-ons, and awkward sentences. 
    Write sp by spelling errors.

Once you have finished reading, answer the following questions.

Basic Requirements:
12-point Times New Roman font?       YES    NO
Double spaced?                                     YES    NO
3-5 pages long?                                     YES    NO
Dialogue included?                               YES    NO

1.  Does the memoir begin in an interesting place (action, dialogue, etc.)?  Does it hook the reader from the very first sentence?    YES    NO

2.  Is the piece written as a series of vignettes (snapshots) of the author at several points in his/her life?    YES    NO

3.  Does the writer make the scenes “come alive” and capture the feeling of the moment? (Hint: The writer should not leave holes where he/she does not remember details.)
            YES    NO

4.  Does the memoir give a good picture of who the author WAS?
            YES    NO

5.  Does the memoir give a good picture of who the author IS NOW?
            YES    NO
6.  Does the memoir give a good picture of who the author MIGHT BECOME?
            YES    NO

7.  When you have finished reading, is the “So What,” or point of the memoir clear to you, the reader?    YES    NO
If so, rewrite the “So What” in your own words below:

List 2-3 things that the author does well in this memoir.

List 2-3 suggestions for improvement.

Now meet with the author.  Make sure you have addressed the areas of need that the writer listed on the first page of this sheet.  Make sure you discuss why you may have circled “no” on any of the questions.  If you are unsure about how to help the writer, please see Mrs. Lorntson.

Values Survey

Values Survey

Use this sheet to help clarify the values that are most important to you.  Each of the following sentence-starters can help you define some of the values that are most important to you.  For each idea below, write words or phrases that complete the sentence for you.  Write as many as you can for each sentence-starter.

Family is…

Friendship is…

A home is…

Fun is…

Love is…

The person I want to become is…

Happiness is…

Safety is…

Growing up is…