How to Write a Memoir: Personal Narrative Writing


Everything you need to teaching memoir writing with Digital and Print versions of this ready-to-use workbook.  Guide your students through the writing process with 20 mini lessons. In a month, your students will have crafted a memoir to be proud of!  Organized, clear directions make this so easy for you to teach!


Are your students ready to write a memoir?  I’ve got you covered with the print and digital versions of the writing lesson.

You’ll love teaching memoir writing with this ready easy-to-use unit of 20 mini lessons. You’ll have everything you need to get started today — step-by-step mini lessons take your students from defining a memoir to the finished product.

(Looking for extra help?  You can find more teaching suggestions and mentor text titles on the blog.)

The mini lessons:

  1. What is a memoir (anchor chart)
  2. Read & understand memoir (mentor texts)
  3. What is an epiphany?
  4. Writing assignment
  5. Prewriting: an object that I’ve kept
  6. Gathering ideas
  7. Reflecting on the significance of the event
  8. Narrowing the topic
  9. Freewriting
  10. Getting started — hooking your reader
  11. Drafting
  12. Bringing the story to life — adding description, part I
  13. Bringing the memoir to life — adding description, part II
  14. The ebb & flow of the story — using sentence variety
  15. Who is telling the story — finding your voice
  16. Let them speak: adding dialogue to your memoir
  17. Crafting a conclusion
  18. Revising for clear, coherent writing, organization, and style
  19. Peer review
  20. Proofread: Demonstrate command of conventions

The memoir unit also includes:

  • Easy-to-read mini lesson chart
  • Lesson plan chart for each mini lesson that includes: lesson notes, standard, student-friendly standard, student task, assessment/homework suggestion
  • Suggested teaching calendar for 6 weeks of lessons
  • Suggested answer key
  • You’ll receive the link to the digital Google slide resource

Reasons to love this resource:

  • Start teaching today!
  • Perfect for writing workshop
  • Less planning & more teaching!



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