Using Memoir as a Genre in Writing


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By Ariana Morgan

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Using Memoir as a Genre in Writing

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