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Memoirs---Exploding a moment

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Memoir---
E
x
p
l
o
d
i
n
g
a moment

What are some of the features of this memoir? What are the elements of the genre?
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Friday Quick Write:
Listen and Read
I will read "The Day I Followed" by Eric Luper
Anger
Frustration
Jealousy
Happiness
Write for ten minutes about that moment.
Make a know and wonder column in the margins of your paper, or annotate as you see fit
Look and listen for elements of the story map!
Exposition
Rising Action
CLIMAX
Falling Action
Resolution
Reaction:
Thoughts and
Feelings
Dialogue
Sensory Details
Memoir
Background
Action
Can you find the elements of a memoir?
10/25
Memoir:
2.) Action
1.) Background
5.) Sensory Details
3.) Reaction
4.) Dialogue
a
personal
narrative that describes a
moment
from your past that has
influenced
you
MEMOIR:

Think about a time in the past when you felt a
strong
emotion.
Monday Quick Write
In your journal, list at least

5 events
in your past that made an impact on you.
Especially memorable
Stand out
Taught you something about yourself
Ask Yourself These Questions!
Look at your list---which do you remember most
v
i
v
i
d
l
y
?
Are you comfortable writing on this topic?
Did you learn something, change your perspective, or change as a person because the moment happened?
Could you plot the whole memoir on a story map?
Story Map
Quick Write
What makes these opening lines good or bad?
"I knew they were going to crash."
"Stop! Don't touch that!"
"How long is too long to hide when you're playing hide and seek?"
Once when I was 9 I lost my dog.
This was my moment.
Narrative HOOKS
Intriguing your audience
Start With:
ACTION
"It only takes two seconds to realize you've done something horribly wrong."
BOLD STATEMENT
"Hey, watch it!" she shrieked.
DIALOGUE
"The hockey player slammed his body into the wall, inches from my face."
THOUGHT
At that moment, I realized my whole world was about to change.
The 5 Rules of Punctuating Dialogue
1.) Commas and Periods
A comma separates dialogue from its dialogue tag. These periods and commas ALWAYS go inside the quotation marks.
Incorrect:
"You can be proud of your name." Tom said.
Correct:
"You can be proud of your name," Tom said.
2.) Dialogue Divided
If you're punctuating dialogue
divided by a dialogue tag
, place a
second comma
after the tag, and
don't capitalize
the second half of the dialogue.
"If you try
,
" Sandra stated
,
"
y
ou'll find it is easier than it looks
.
"
Correct:
Incorrect:
"If you try" Sandra stated. "You'll find it is easier than it looks"
3.) Exclamation Marks and Question Marks
Both
!
's and
?
's take the place of commas and periods.
"Watch out
!
" she cried
.
"
D
o you see the snake
?
"
"Watch out!," she cried, "do you see the snake?"
Incorrect:
Correct:
TIP: Notice how the dialogue tag has a period instead of a comma? That is because there a two
separate
sentences, not one
divided
sentence.
4.) Dashes and Spacing
When a sentence breaks off, use a
dash
and close the quotation marks. The interrupting dialogue
starts a new paragraph
!
"I told him we would steal his..." "Quiet!" she whispers, "He'll be here soon."
INCORRECT:

CORRECT:
"I told him we would steal his
---
"
(space)
"Quiet!" she whispers
.
"
H
e'll be here soon."
5.) Capitalization
The first word of dialogue is
always
capitalized,
except
when the dialogue tag divides it!
He said, "
W
e can be there by morning."
"
W
e can be there by morning
,
"
he said
,
"
i
f we leave right away.
Tag in front:
Tag divides:
NEVER capitalize the tag after the dialogue!
"Stay here please,"
s
aid the woman.
Wednesday: Quick Write
Write a sentence or two of dialogue
on a post-it
that would fit in your memoir.
Use correct punctuation! Stick the post-it on the board.
Writing Your Memoir!
Tips to remember:
1.) Start with a
hook
!
Action, dialogue, bold statement, or question
2.) Refer to your
story map
3.) Keep your story's
message
in mind
4.) Include all of the
elements of a memoir
, especially sensory detail!
Friday Quick Write:
Fill in the key words in the worksheet on Transitions!
Creating Strong Endings
Give your reader the feeling that you
grew
or
changed
as a person
How did you
emerge
from a bad situation?
Option: Mimic the same way you started (if you started your memoir describing a river, end with an image of that same river, but maybe you see it differently now
End your memoir
clearly
and
honestly
:)
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