As we approach the end of the school year, English Teacher Online would like you to think about the best and worst parts of Grade 5. This week you will write a memoir and edit it into a final piece of writing – your best piece of writing this year.
What is a Memoir?
A memoir is a memory, or rather, the written account of a personal experience of the author. All the memories you have in your head could be turned into memoirs!
Good memoir topics from this year include;
AMC at the Mall
Or any other family activity that you have strong memories of.
3 Questions to Help You Write a Memoir
Just think and try to answer the following questions.
1. What is the memory? Write down the activity that this memory comes from.
2. What are the details that made this moment so powerful? Think about the colors, smells, feelings, thoughts and expressions. Try to remember all your senses from that time?
3. What big lesson did you earn from this experience? Or what do you realize now that you didn’t realize then?
If you can answer these questions, you should have enough details to write a good memoir!
How Should I Write A First Draft?
With your ideas and answers to the 3 questions above, you’re going to write about 100 words describing that memory.
Set a timer and write for ten minutes – don’t stop! If you can’t think of something, just dive back into that memory and get it all out on the page.
If you get really stuck, then look over the three questions again.
How Should I Edit and Write My Second Draft?
After taking a short break for milk and biscuits, it’s time to start editing your work.
Here’s a checklist for your edits:
1. If you need more content, go back to the three questions and ask what’s missing.
2. Separate out the good from the bad, and the relevant from the garbage. Don’t be afraid to rewrite a whole paragraph.
3. Fix the grammar.
4. Ask a friend to read the whole thing (or do it yourself) and ask, what’s missing?
5. Add in any missing details, such as the names of the family members or school friends you mentioned?
6. Go back to number 1.
Time to Write the Final Publication!
Take another short break, then come back and edit your 2nd draft.
Ask yourself: “Is this story complete? What would make this story better, maybe more or less words?”
TOP TIP: Many people don’t like to write, but writing is like a muscle – the more you practice the stronger you become.
If you want to get better, try writing for ten minutes EVERY day in a journal or diary!
Learn to have fun and good luck writing your memoirs.
Look back at Grade 5 here.