Unit 1: Memoir

  • We are well underway in ELA, and we want to keep you abreast of what we are doing.  In writing, we have begun our Memoir Unit.  We have begun by getting the students comfortable with brainstorming and writing long and strong about small moments that have had an impact on their lives. 


    A memoir is a small moment in one’s life that, upon reflection, has a “turning point”/realization that is meaningful to the writer.  In order to bring their writing entries to life, the students will practice including the “Wonderful Things Writers Do.”  These practices include, but are not limited to, adding:  figurative language, vivid details, action words, dialogue, repetitive phrases and internal thinking. 


    Some of the mentor text we will be studying are: Sandra Cisneros’ memoir, “Eleven” and Laurence Yep’s “The Great Rat Hunt” to teach craft, figurative language and how to elaborate the heart of their stories.


    To help you to understand what is expected, we have put an exemplar text and the Memoir Unit rubric on our website.  It can be found under the Writing Units of Study, Unit 1:  Memoir.


    We are looking forward to working with your children and having a successful year.





                                                                               The Fifth Grade Teachers




    Below please find the Common Core Standards

    that will be addressed in the Memoir Unit:


    5W.3  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. 


    5W.4  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 


    5W.5   With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.  


    5W.11 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. 

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