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Levels of Experience, Memory Structure, and Memoir Checklist

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Transcript of Levels of Experience, Memory Structure, and Memoir Checklist

Levels of Experience
Level 1 experiences are:
everyday things
the same to everybody
you would tell to anybody
a lot more interesting to you
BORING and predictable
Level 2 experiences are:
more personal
happen differently for everyone
you would tell only your friends
INTERESTING for OTHER people to hear
more INTERESTING and not predictable
Level 3 experiences are:
very personal
you might write about in a journal
you would only tell your best friend
EXTREMELY interesting to read
Level 4 experiences are:
what happens in your life that you probably never talk about
you will possibly never write about in your life
Draw this in your notes
(Draw the squares too):
Examples:
birthdays, holidays
Example:
the death of a pet,
someone trying to fight with you,
or a problem with a teacher
Examples: the death of a family member,
parents divorce

(with my
senses)
(Things I know)
Memories
Done that
I've seen
I've heard
Been there
ideas
truths
attitudes
sayings
thoughts/opinions
Experience
Beliefs
Your
name

Most really engaging pieces of writing have something from each hand.
Quicklist: List some times when you had fun participating with other people.
(Think levels 2-3)
1. Where were you?
2. What happened first?
3. What happened next?
4. What happened last?
5. What did you learn or realize? How did this event change you?
Answer each question with ONE complete sentence.
Now, take your kernel essay and turn it into a full memoir.


Explode at least one moment


Follow the Rule of Pebbles
* Write about one pebble, not multiple pebbles.


Answer the So What? question

* Good writing has a purpose. What is the significance of your memoir? What is the point of it?
Qualities of a Memoir that Works
* The title is interesting and fits the story
* The lead brings the readers right into the action of the story
* It follows the rule of pebbles--it's about a pebble, not pebbles
* Background information that the reader needs is woven into the story
* There’s lots of I: thoughts, feelings, and observations of the writer
* The pace is slowed down to a point that makes it easy to follow
* A reader can hear, see and feel the experience because the writer supplies sensory details
* The small details show what matters to the people in the memoir
* There is dialogue; the writer uses it to show what people are like and how they are feeling
* The ending serves a purpose and is satisfying
* There’s a So What?: a meaning or significance that was discovered by the writer during the act of writing the memoir
* There’s a setting: a time and place
* The action flashes back and forward in time and creates questions in the reader’s mind about what will happen next
* The writer invented details that fit with the spirit, intention, and truth of the story
Clean Up Stale Writing By Removing:
Remember:
Good morning, Writers!
Today you need:
Get ready for a star point.
Your notebook
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