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Introduction to A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Miss Wood's English 4A class, TCHS

Tara Wood

on 15 August 2012

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Transcript of Introduction to A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

"No Story Sits by Itself" Child Soldiers & War in Africa Memoir,
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A Long
Way Gone Beah
1997 Kony 2012 in six words Review your six-word memoirs from the beginning of the year. This is your memoir for high school. Now that you're almost done your Senior year, would you keep your memoir? Write a new one?

In your Writer's Notebook . . .

If you're keeping it, explain "Why?"
If you're changing it, then, to what? Why?

Think about:
what must be included?
what can be excluded? What is a "memoir"? an autobiographical sketch, especially one that focuses less on the author's personal life or psychological development and more on notable people & events the author has encountered or witnessed. Memoir (n) Why might one choose to write a memoir? Characteristics of Memoir focuses & reflects on the relationship between the writer and a particular person, place, animal, object, or event
explains the significance of the relationship
is about the writer's experience moreso than the event
leaves the reader with one impression of the subject of the memoir
is limited to a particular phase, time period, place, or recurring behavior in order to develop the focus fully
makes the subject of the memoir come alive
maintains a first person point of view Where do writers get their ideas for memoirs?

How do they choose which information to include/exclude?

What are the goals of memoir-writing? What do you think . . .? UGANDA SIERRA LEONE Is Beah achieving his goal? Can he? Why?

What "bias" is there in memoir? In Kony 2012? Why is it important that we recognize that there is bias?

How/Why are these stories connected? Do they relate (in any way) to something else we read? (How?) something you've read? (How?) With the person sitting next to you, answer the following questions on a blank piece of paper: 2000 2010 2005 2002 March (cc) image by jantik on Flickr
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