Launching our Memoir unit {printable}

Oh boy, I almost just said Happy Thursday! That's wishful thinking, I guess! Ok, Happy Wednesday instead (are Wednesdays happy?? For me they are because they signify the end of the duties for the week...I am duty-free on Thursdays and Fridays, woohoo!).

So, we just wrapped our our Report of Information unit last week and the kids were SO EXCITED about their final reports! They have been reading each others' a ton this week. I love it!

Our next unit in Writer's Workshop is focused on Memoirs and they are so psyched for this one!

A bit of a side note: I just love this time of year in ELL...the kids who have been in school since the beginning of the year are speaking English so well now and it just spills over into all other areas--especially in their writing!

Ok, back to the memoirs. We are completing some front-loading lessons and just starting to explore this genre in both Reader's and Writer's Workshop. In Writer's Workshop, we've been making lists of possible topics for our memoirs, looking at mentor texts, and doing some background-building and writing activities.

Today's focus was on a special memory...which we've already shared a ton about verbally, in whole-class discussions. I made a graphic organizer-type paper to go along with this lesson...with a little box to sketch a memory before writing. It worked so well for my students! They drew such detailed sketches, focusing on that moment in time that was special to them! Then they completed the writing portion.

I wanted to share the document on here because it is pretty open-ended and I thought it could be used in different kinds of writing lessons or maybe a journal response. There are two pages, as shown below...
Do you work on memoirs or personal narratives in your class? Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Special Memory


  1. Loving the "Special Memory" download. Thanks for sharing. We are working on personal narratives right now, and this would be perfect to use in our unit.

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  2. I love this!!! Thank you for sharing! Your stuff is too darn cute.
    Your kiddos are so lucky to have you!!!

  3. We did personal memoirs as our first writing genre in writer's workshop (back in September / October). It was a great way to find out a little more about my students' lives outside of school. LOVE it!

    Runde's Room

  4. So I copied the wrong link in my earlier comment. Ooops. Just ignore that! :) Thank you!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  5. That is very cute, thanks for sharing !

  6. Look at you, your on a roll posting this week. Me? I have been lacking, you know conferences and all. -.- Love the freebie. Thanks.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  7. My goodness, Kristen,
    This SO cute--just like everything else I see here!
    (Sometimes I come here just for a dose of happiness--on a circular label, of course)

    You are just so talented!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  8. Thanks for sharing! I love it. I'm a new follower and I tagged you at "bloggy tag". Check it out at

    I would love your support! Thanks :)

  9. Hi Kristen:
    You are my role model for organization! I love every single thing in your room!

    I got the organizer at Office Depot. But I just saw it on sale at Amazon (Rolodex brand/without the cups) for $16.43. And there were cuter, cheaper ones too.

    I'm sure there is already something perfect sitting on or near you desk!

    Sending you GIANT CyberHugs!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  10. You need to read Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, it's all about what is a memory! It's awesome!!!

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