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Using Memoir as a Genre in Writing

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  • 1. Using Memoir as a Genre in Writing By Ariana Morgan
  • 2. What is a Memoir?
    • A memoir is a “snapshot” of one’s life experiences.
    • A memoir helps frame a special moment of understanding that was “vivid” or “intense”
    • The experience may be positive or negative.
  • 3. What is the Function of a Memoir?
    • to connect the reader or writer to the past
    • “ to invite writers to remember, to reflect upon and to make sense of their lives”
    • Dawn Latta Kirby & Dawn Kirby
  • 4. What is the Contemporary Memoir?
    • Contemporary memoirs (CM) differ from traditional autobiographies in several ways:
    • do not encompass a person’s complete life
    • focus on remembering, reflecting and making sense of an experience
  • 5. Characteristics of Memoir
    • explores and preserves the past
    • may be confessional in nature
    • may be fictionalized
    • recounts human struggles and triumphs
  • 6. Why Should We Use Memoirs in Our Classes?
    • offer a forum for students to discover themselves
    • allow students to make sense of their world
    • open channels of communication
    • in the language classroom
  • 7. Research
    • Expressivist Theory-60’s by Peter Elbow
    • “ Anyone can be a writer”
    • Writing is rooted in emotions
    • Focuses on “voice and experience”
  • 8. Aligning Memoir Writing with the Standards
    • Content Standards and Grade-level expectations (2007)
  • 9. Standards and Expectations (English Program)
    • L/S. 9.1 Listens and responds to a read aloud from a variety of fiction and nonfiction to analyze character development and setting, to determine tone, voice, and mood, and to make connections to the text.
    • R.9.1 Analyzes the text, establishes the purpose, states author’s purpose , and distinguishes between text features.
    • W.9.3 Applies organizational patterns and the elements of descriptive, narrative , expository, and persuasive forms of writing to construct a composition.
    • There are three basic standards:
    • Listening / Speaking
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Here are some expectations that can be applied according to the grade level (Ninth Grade) and to the given activities.
    • (Content Standards and Grade-Level Expectations, 2007)
  • 10. USING MEMOIRS AS A GENRE IN WRITING
    • My Name
  • 11. Using Memoir as a Genre in Writing
      • Title: My Name Lesson Plan
      • Time: 2 class periods
      • Grade Level: Middle School,
      • High School, University level
  • 12. Objectives
    • After reading and discussing the reading My Name by Sandra Cisneros the students will:
    • use it as a model for writing
    • identify the origin and significance of a name (using technology or by oral history)
    • reflect on how you identify with your name
    • write a memoir about the significance of your name
    • share your memory with other students
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  • 13. Procedure
      • Read the story, “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros aloud.
      • Discuss the story (You may use guide questions).
      • Find the language origin and meaning of your name using the Internet or baby name book.
    • Leer “Mi Nombre” por Sandra Cisneros en voz alta.
    • Discutir la lectura.
    • Encontrar el origen y el significado de tu nombre usando la internet o un libro de nombres para bebés.
  • 14. Procedure
      • Write about the significance of your name to you.
      • Include an interesting moment or experience about your name.
      • Give your opinion of your name. Do you like your name?
      • Why or why not?
    • Escribe sobre el significado que tiene tu nombre para ti.
    • Incluye un momento interesante o experiencia que tengas sobre tu nombre.
    • Da la opinión de tu nombre. ¿Te gusta tu nombre? ¿Por qué o por qué no?
  • 15. “ My Name” from House in Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • 16. “ Mi Nombre” por Sandra Cisneros
  • 17. WRITE THE MEMOIR OF YOUR NAME 15 MINUTES
  • 18. Author’s Chair
  • 19. Questions ? Thank you for your participation !
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