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Making the Cut: Revising Memoirs by Detecting Clutter and Confusion

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Making the Cut: Revising Memoirs by Detecting Clutter and Confusion

Grades 6 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Rebecca Addleman

Tualatin, Oregon

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Show-Me Sentences

This lesson teaches students how to revise dull “telling” sentences into vivid, descriptive “showing” sentences.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs

What do the words we write really have to say about us? In this lesson, students examine the power of word choice as they write six-word memoirs of their lives.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Having My Say: A Multigenre Autobiography Project

Students compose a multigenre paper, modeled after the Delany sister's autobiography, Having Our Say, that includes the autobiographical narrative essay as well as an informational nonfiction piece.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs

Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students’ own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Bio-graph: Graphing Life Events

Students interview other students, choose significant life events, rate them, graph them, and write about one or more, in this activity that integrates mathematical graphing with writing.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

She Did What? Revising for Connotation

Did she walk, skip, amble, dance? In this minilesson, students explore connotation by acting out and revising the simple sentence "She walked into the room."

 

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