You Can’t Make
This Stuff Up
A 5th Grade Memoir Writing Project
What is a Memoir?
A memoir is a narrative written about an important event in the
author’s life that affected them in some...
What Does a Memoir Look
Like?
• Memoirs are stories, so they should look like
narratives written from the 1st person point...
6-Word Memoir
What if you only had six words to write about a true past event or
experience that changed you in some impor...
6-Word Memoir
What if you only had six words to write about a true past event or
experience that changed you in some impor...
6-Word Memoir
What if you only had six words to write about a true past event or
experience that changed you in some impor...
Memoir: Fly Away Home
1st person point of view
Dialogue
Focuses on
author’s feelings
Why do you think the author is
tellin...
Planning
• Start by thinking of some important event in
your life – try to think of something
memorable; something you’ll ...
What’s a Good Idea?
Planning
• Start by jotting
down a memorable
event
• Then, write down
what you learned
from this event or
how it changed y...
Writing: Lead
A “lead” is how an author
starts their memoir in
order to grab the reader’s
attention.
Writing: Story
After you’ve written your lead it’s time to write the story – this is
where you’ll write about the actual e...
Writing: Ending
The ending of a memoir is where you reveal how this
important event changed you and what you learned
from ...
Writing: Ending
 A memory of the main
event
 Your feelings about it
 How you think/act
differently because of
this or h...
Writing: Ending
Terrible Ending
So that’s the end of the
story about my big baseball
victory.
Awesome Ending
I’ll never fo...
Revise&Edit
Final Draft
• After revising your essay, you’re ready to write
your final draft.
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You Can't Make This Stuff Up (Writing Memoirs)

  1. 1. You Can’t Make This Stuff Up A 5th Grade Memoir Writing Project
  2. 2. What is a Memoir? A memoir is a narrative written about an important event in the author’s life that affected them in some way. Characteristics of Memoirs: • A memory; a description of a true past event • Written in the 1st person • Reveals the feelings of the writer • Has meaning; shows what the author learned from the experience • About the author’s experience more than about the event itself
  3. 3. What Does a Memoir Look Like? • Memoirs are stories, so they should look like narratives written from the 1st person point of view. • The number of paragraphs is up to you – there is no set rule – the goal of a memoir is to clearly show an important event or experience and explain how it changed you. • The ending of a memoir must include an explanation that shows how this experience changed or affected you in some important way. Student-Written Memoirs
  4. 4. 6-Word Memoir What if you only had six words to write about a true past event or experience that changed you in some important way?
  5. 5. 6-Word Memoir What if you only had six words to write about a true past event or experience that changed you in some important way?
  6. 6. 6-Word Memoir What if you only had six words to write about a true past event or experience that changed you in some important way? Now it’s your turn, choose some important experience or event and write about it using only six words. Remember 1. It only works if it’s personal – the event or experience should be unique to YOUR life 2. Put the six best words in the best order 3. Be creative 4. Focus on your EXPERIENCE, not the details 5. Have fun
  7. 7. Memoir: Fly Away Home 1st person point of view Dialogue Focuses on author’s feelings Why do you think the author is telling the story about the bird being stuck in the airport and eventually finding a way out?
  8. 8. Planning • Start by thinking of some important event in your life – try to think of something memorable; something you’ll never forget, something that changed you or taught you something. • Need an idea? Click on the link below, Brainstorming Memoirs from Life
  9. 9. What’s a Good Idea?
  10. 10. Planning • Start by jotting down a memorable event • Then, write down what you learned from this event or how it changed you in some way • Finally, list what happened moment by moment E v e n t : Wh e n m y c a t g o t l o s t Wh a t I l e a r n e d : T o n e v e r l e a v e a f r i e n d b e h i n d Wh a t H a p p e n e d : 1. M i s t y d i s a p p e a r e d 2. A l l o f u s w o n d e r e d w h a t h a p p e n e d t o h e r 3. M y b r o t h e r a n d I b e g a n s e a r c h i n g t h e f o r e s t c a l l i n g h e r n a m e
  11. 11. Writing: Lead A “lead” is how an author starts their memoir in order to grab the reader’s attention.
  12. 12. Writing: Story After you’ve written your lead it’s time to write the story – this is where you’ll write about the actual experience or event. Remember: • Use the 1st person point of view • Tell the OUTSIDE story – what’s actually happening • Tell the INSIDE story – what you were thinking and feeling • Use dialogue to add impact • Tell details that only you, as the author, could know (what you felt, what you wanted, etc. . .)
  13. 13. Writing: Ending The ending of a memoir is where you reveal how this important event changed you and what you learned from it. A Good Ending Includes:  A memory of the main event  Your feelings about it  How you think/act differently because of this or how this changed you.
  14. 14. Writing: Ending  A memory of the main event  Your feelings about it  How you think/act differently because of this or how this changed you. I’ll never forget the crack of the bat as I hit that homerun and the way my heart pounded as the ball flew out of the park. Suddenly, I knew that I was more than just the names they called me. I knew that it wasn’t just baseball I could be good at. If I worked at it, I could do anything.
  15. 15. Writing: Ending Terrible Ending So that’s the end of the story about my big baseball victory. Awesome Ending I’ll never forget the crack of the bat as I hit that homerun and the way my heart pounded as the ball flew out of the park. Suddenly, I knew that I was more than just the names they called me. I knew that it wasn’t just baseball I could be good at. If I worked at it, I could do anything.
  16. 16. Revise&Edit
  17. 17. Final Draft • After revising your essay, you’re ready to write your final draft.

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