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Memoirs---Exploding a moment
Transcript of Memoirs---Exploding a moment
What are some of the features of this memoir? What are the elements of the genre?
Friday Quick Write:
Listen and Read
I will read "The Day I Followed" by Eric Luper
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!
Can you find the elements of a memoir?
5.) Sensory Details
narrative that describes a
from your past that has
Think about a time in the past when you felt a
Monday Quick Write
In your journal, list at least
in your past that made an impact on you.
Taught you something about yourself
Ask Yourself These Questions!
Look at your list---which do you remember most
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?
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.
Intriguing your audience
"It only takes two seconds to realize you've done something horribly wrong."
"Hey, watch it!" she shrieked.
"The hockey player slammed his body into the wall, inches from my face."
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.
"You can be proud of your name." Tom said.
"You can be proud of your name," Tom said.
2.) Dialogue Divided
If you're punctuating dialogue
divided by a dialogue tag
, place a
after the tag, and
the second half of the dialogue.
"If you try
" Sandra stated
ou'll find it is easier than it looks
"If you try" Sandra stated. "You'll find it is easier than it looks"
3.) Exclamation Marks and Question Marks
's take the place of commas and periods.
" she cried
o you see the snake
"Watch out!," she cried, "do you see the snake?"
TIP: Notice how the dialogue tag has a period instead of a comma? That is because there a two
sentences, not one
4.) Dashes and Spacing
When a sentence breaks off, use a
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."
"I told him we would steal his
"Quiet!" she whispers
e'll be here soon."
The first word of dialogue is
when the dialogue tag divides it!
He said, "
e can be there by morning."
e can be there by morning
f we leave right away.
Tag in front:
NEVER capitalize the tag after the dialogue!
"Stay here please,"
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
Action, dialogue, bold statement, or question
2.) Refer to your
3.) Keep your story's
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
as a person
How did you
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