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  • Notice: They’re personal – your memoirs should “fit” you. You could be inspired by what others have written (in the video or books).Words matter.Order matters, too.
  • Good: force you to “cut to the chase”; you can say a lot without saying much at all; each word is significantFrustrating: I always want to know more—they open doors to larger rooms; I can’t tell the entire story in 6 words.
  • For me: allows me to personalize it a little, allows me to show the connection, rather than stating it. Words still have purpose. Phrasing still matters.

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  •  define memoir. identify qualities of memoirs. evaluate sample memoirs. brainstorm ideas for our own memoirs. write memoirs of our own lives.
  •  An autobiographical text in which the author retells a story from his/her own life.
  •  A story retrieved from the writer’s memory Stars the writer as protagonist Written in first person Uses ―I‖ to remember and comment on the events Often includes reflection Places emphasis on the story The ―point‖ emerges from events + characters, rather than from narration. A record of the event, not a reaction to it. View slide
  •  ―Writing memoir is a way to figure out who you used to be and how to be who you are…‖ – Abigail Thomas In retelling your story, you discover new thoughts about yourself and the experience. View slide
  •  ―Why I Ride‖ - Jana Richman See handout.
  •  ―Clutter is the disease of American writing.‖ - William Zinsser  Americans have short attention spans.  Strip sentences to their cleanest components. Clear thinking becomes clear writing. Ask yourself: What am I trying to say?
  • The Economy of Words
  •  What are they?  Six-Word Memoirs by Teens What did you notice about them? Why write them?  Economy of words – spend your 6 words wisely!  Word choice NPR examples; books Your task:  Write two or three six-word memoirs. Share.
  •  I teach and never stop learning. He said ―improprietous.‖ I felt love. Dog takes me on walks everyday. He was furry and my friend. Sisters moved away. Skype erases miles.
  • What’s good about sixword memoirs?What’s frustrating aboutsix word memoirs?
  •  Pick one of your Six Word Memoirs. Say a little more this time. There are still limits, but you have 140 characters, as many as Twitter allows for a post.My example:He was furry and my friend. Duke used to rock my cradle. In elementary school, Id follow him around and try to ride on his back. When he passed, tears rained for days.
  • How does having 140characters change yourmemoir?
  • Telling the Full Story
  •  Memoirs are usually longer than 140 characters. In order to provide the full picture of the moment to your audience, you simply need more words. Let’s brainstorm possibilities for longer memoirs.
  • See back of today’s handout.Mrs. Mundy’s list: The Olympic torch as it passed through Buffalo. The track team ―streaking‖ through my college library. A beached whale set free. My HS jazz band playing with Wynton Marsalis on stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center. A free Barenaked Ladies concert outside of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A college acquaintance physically assaulted by a police officer. A boat parade on the 4th of July. Fireworks in the fog in San Fran.
  •  Waffles with walnuts—made by my grandma Goldfish crackers GG’s Potato salad Softened chocolate ice cream Burgers and macaroni salad Corn on the cob in Chautauqua Pizza pies in pie irons over the fire S’mores Nachos (cheddar OR mozzerella & pepperoni) Bocce’s pizza McDonald’s Hamburger Happy Meals (sometimes 2 @ a time) Dairy Queen Dilly Bars made w/ chocolate ice cream
  •  Chances are good that these tastes/foods have stories attached to them. ―Corn on the cob at Chautauqua‖ reminds me of the summers spent at my grandfather’s cottage. It reminds me of the close knit family I am lucky to have.
  •  Choose one of the stories you brainstormed in any of the activities today.  Six Word Memoirs  Tweet Your Life  I Was a Witness  My Childhood Tasted Like… Do your best to tell that full story in a draft for next class.  It will be collected.  Please type it!