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Memoir Course Teacher’s Guide_reDesign

Memoir Course Teacher’s Guide_reDesign

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This is the Teacher's Guide to a Common Core-aligned, writing and reading intensive course on Memoir.
This is the Teacher's Guide to a Common Core-aligned, writing and reading intensive course on Memoir.

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MemoirTeachersGuide1
Teacher’sGuideforMemoirCourse
Imagine
…YouarethesonofayoungwomanfromWichita,KansasandayoungmanfromKenya.TheymetandfellinloveasstudentsattheUniversityofHawaii.Butwhenyouweretwo,yourparentsseparated,andyourfathermovedfirsttoBostontostudyforaPhD,andthenreturnedtoKenya.Yourmotherremarries,andyourfamilymovestoJakarta,theIndonesianhomelandofyournewstepfather.Whenyouareten,yourmothersendsyoutoHawaiitolivewithyourgrandparentssothatyoucantakeadvantageofthebettereducationalopportunitiesthere.Yourfamilyenrollsyouinaprivate,collegepreparatoryschoolwhereyouareoneofsixAfrican-Americanstudents.Inthesefirsttenyearsofyourlife,youhavelivedasanAfrican-Americanchildindifferentcultures,differentgeographicallocations,andamongstpeopleofdifferentracialandethnicbackgroundsaswellasdifferentsocio-economicclasses.Forthenexttwentyyears,theseexperiences,andtheonesthatfollow,shapehowyoulookattheworld.Whenyouare34,yourwriteyourmemoir,whereyourecountthestoryofyourlife,meditatingonthethemesofraceandclass,familyandcommunity.…ThisistheheartofBarakObama’smemoir.
Teacher’sGuide:EssentialQuestions
Whydowedesiretotellthestoryofourlives?Whataretheessentialelementsofthestoryofyourlife?
Purposes
Thiscoursehasbeencreatedtomeet6centralpurposes:
 
MemoirTeachersGuide2
1.
 
LearnaboutthegenreofMemoir.2.
 
Providestudentswithscaffoldedaccesstogreat,challengingmentortexts,textsthatarefoundinthehighschoolandcollegecurriculum.3.
 
Learnthewritingprocess.4.
 
Significantlyimprovestudents’writing.5.
 
Makewritingahabitandpractice.6.
 
Makereadingahabitandpractice.Studentsofanywritinglevelcanparticipateinthiscourse,asalloftheassignmentsareopen-ended,assumingstudentswilldotheirbestonthemandimprovefromwherevertheybeginaswriters.
TheStructure
Thiscourseisdividedintothree5-weekmodules,eachcenteredonaparticularstageofthewritingprocess.Modulescaneasilybeshortenedinordertoaccommodateaquarterortrimesterlengthcoursecycle.Moduleone:GenreImmersionandGeneratingIdeasInthismodulestudentsexplorestoriesandthestoriesofgreatmemoiriststostrengthentheirreadingandwritingskills.Studentswillengageinawiderangeofactivitiesdesignedtohelpthemremembersignificantmemories,writeaboutthem,andconnectthemwithoneanother.Duringthismodule
studentswilllearnstrategiesforthebrainstormingstageofthewritingprocess,developtechniquesforgeneratingideasandforrecallingmemories,andlearntorecordtheirwritingideasinaWriter’sNotebook.
Moduletwo:FramingandOrganizingOneofthemostimportantandchallengingaspectsofthewritingprocessisnarrowing-downone’sideasintoafocused,purposefulpieceoftext.Inthismodulestudentswillexperiencetheplanningandstructuringstagesofthewritingprocess.Theywillexploretheconceptoftheme,consideringafocusfortheirmemoirs,andtheywillexperimentwithmultiplepossibilitiesforstructuringtheirmemoirs.Bytheendofthismodulestudentswillcreatebothanoutlineandafirstdraftoftheirmemoirs.
Modulethree:RevisingandPublishing
Duringthethirdmodule
studentswilllearnaboutthelaststagesofthewritingprocess:revisingandpublishing.Theywillpracticemanyspecificstrategiesofrevision,andwillbeabletodeeplyconsiderthestructure,meaning,andlanguagechoicesthatwillbemostappropriatefortheirmemoirs.
Inadditiontowritingabouttheirlives,studentswillreadandlistentoanextensivearrayofmemoirs,selectedbecauseoftheircapacityto“mentor”studentsinthegenre.Thereareover60differentmemoirexcerptsavailabletostudentstoreadandlistento.
 
MemoirTeachersGuide3
Howwillstudentsshowwhattheyhavelearned?
Hereareafewofthe40performancetasksstudentswillundertakeinthiscourse:
1.
 
APublishedMemoir
:TheseminalprojectforthiscourseisaPublishedMemoirthatwillgothroughmultipledraftsofthewritingprocess.
2.
 
Audiorecordingofapersonalstory:
Createanaudiorecording,tellingafavoritepersonalstory,modeledafterthestoriesheardontheradioshowsTheMothandStoryCorps.Studentshavethechoicetosubmitthisstorytotheradioshows.3.
 
ImportantPersonDescription:
Composeadescriptionofapersonwhoisimportantinthestudents’lives.
4.
 
Glog:
Createanon-lineposterofanindependentlyreadMemoir.5.
 
SceneWriting
:Writeasceneaboutaneventfromtheirlife6.
 
Timeline:
Createatimelineoftheirlife.
7.
 
MemoryDrawing:
Draworpaintanimageofoneoftheirmemories.8.
 
Self-Portraits:
Createtwoself-portraits,oneliteral,andonemetaphorical.
TheCourseDesign
ThiscourseusesthebasicstructureofaWriter’sWorkshop,butwithinthecontextofablendedclassroom.Thecourseisspecificallydesignedtoprovidestudentswithchoiceabouttheactivitiestheyengagein,andwhentheyengageinthem.Eachmodulehas6typesofactivities:1.
 
AnOverview2.
 
IndependentReadingandKeepingaReader’sNotebook3.
 
Free-WritingandKeepingaWriter’sNotebook4.
 
WorkingwithMentorTexts5.
 
SmallScalePerformances6.
 
CollegePrepPerformances1.
 
Overview
:Thisisanopeningseriesofungradedactivitiesatthebeginningofthemodulethatwillprovidestudentswithasenseofwhatistocomeinthemodule.Forthefirstmodule,theoverviewisanintroductiontothegenreofMemoir.Teacherscanworkwiththewholeclassontheseactivities,orletstudentsmoveattheirownpace.Orcreateabalanceofeach.2.
 
IndependentReadingandKeepingaReader’sNotebook
:Eachmodule,studentswillreadfor30minuteson22separateoccasions.Formoststudents,thiswillbetheequivalentofonememoir,astheymustselectamemoirthatisattheirreadinglevel.Studentswhoarestrugglingwithreadingmayendupselectingmemoirsthataremuchshorter,inwhichcasetheyshouldreadmorethanone.What’simportantisthattheyreadaminimumof22timesovera5-weekperiodinordertokeeppracticingreading.

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