Thursday, September 27, 2012

Memoir in the Digital Age and Workshop

Agenda:
-Six Word Memoir Clips
-Link to PostSecret
-"Cyberspace when you're dead" reading
-Memoir Questions and Workshop Time

Homework:
-Finish "Cyberspace when you're dead"
-Work on your memoirs (Due: Oct. 5th)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

6-Word Memoirs

Agenda:
-Bell Work: Add sensory imagery to your setting paragraph (or another paragraph if you still need to complete this one).
-Modern Memoirs:

  • NPR Broadcast "Six-Word Memoirs"
  • "For sale, baby shoes, never worn." --Ernest Hemingway
  • YouTube Video compilation from Smith Magazine
  • Discussion of our findings
-Creating your own Six-Word Memoir
  1. Choose one of your paragraphs from your memoir
  2. Boil it down to six words (you can slowly narrow it down if you need to)
  3. Write the memoir on a poster with the illustrations like those in the YouTube Video
Homework:
-Finish your six-word memoir
-Complete the Greenberg reading and the questions that originally were due today

Memoir Unit Final Assignment


Name:
Composition
Ms. Hoffmann
Date:
Memoir Unit Assignment

Goals:
-To practice using the writing process (brainstorming through editing)
-To continue to practice writing memoir that contains appropriate memoir elements (like the examples that we read in class)

Instructions:
-Write a complete memoir for your chosen life chapter (3-5pp.)
-Use your plot diagram as a guide to make sure that you have an appropriate story arc (you may need to modify some parts of your diagram)
-Weave in the pieces that you wrote during our class workshops (name segment is optional)
-Check to be sure that you include elements of memoir
-Make sure to edit and polish your piece

Grading Criteria:
-Memoir is between 3 and 5 pages in length (15 pts)
-Memoir is accompanied by a draft (10 pts)
-Memoir contains a setting piece (10 pts)
-Memoir contains a snapshot piece (10 pts)
-Memoir contains a name piece (this can be a separate, polished paragraph from the memoir) (10 pts)
-Memoir follows your plot diagram (10 pts)
-Final piece follows the conventions of memoir and utilizes creative elements that we discussed in class (10 pts)
-Writing is clear and polished (there is evidence of editing from previous drafts) (10 pts)

Total:  _______/ 85 pts
Due Date: Friday, October 5th

Memoir Review & Progress Reports

Agenda:
-Review aspects of memoir
-Share our mini memoirs and how they turned out
(If you did not turn yours in, you need to as soon as possible)
-Progress Reports

Homework:
-Read Greenberg and write a page of notes that answers:
1. How her piece fits the memoir genre
2. One example of a setting scene and how it functions
3. One example of a snapshot and how it functions

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sensory Images of Food

Agenda:
-"13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" Discussion
-Looking at food in multiple ways
      2-3 sentences about sight
      3-4 sentences about smell
      4-5 sentences about touch
      5-6 sentences about taste
      5-6 sentences about sound

Remember you want to describe the food to someone who has never encountered it before

Homework:
-Mini Memoir is due Mon.
-Start your final memoir  (you will need a draft for Wed.)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Name Pieces

Agenda:
-Sharing name stories
-Name piece excerpts (Reading & Discussion)
-Short Break
-Workshop paragraphs

Homework:
-Continue to work on your mini memoir (due Mon.)
-Read "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mini Memoir Prep & Wrap-up of Perspective Packet

Agenda:
-Review parts of a memoir
-Write interview questions to get these parts for the mini memoir piece
-Finish True Life clip and analysis packet

Homework:
-Work on mini memoir (due Mon.)
-Research the meaning of your name.  If you already know why you were named something, do more research online about its meaning.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Layers of Narrative & Mini Memoir Assignment

Agenda:
-Complete a portrait of Treadwell
-Discussion of the reality beneath the representations
-->Keep this in mind when reading and crafting your own memoir
-Screening of True Life--watch for narrative layers

Homework:
-Start writing your mini memoir
-Fill in any gaps that exist in your packet

Friday, September 14, 2012

Layers of Narrative

Agenda:
-"The More you Know Clip" & Discussion about Personal Truth
-Grizzly Man

  • Discussion of the Treadwell's self-portrayal 
  • Discussion of how others portray him
**Remember to think about what this tells us about the subjective nature of truth and what implications this has for the memoirs that we are reading.

-Homework: None for tonight unless you are missing work.  Do not forget to bring your packet back to class on Monday.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Writing a Snapshot

Agenda:
-Reading snapshot excerpts
-Workshopping our own snapshots/
-Questions about plotting our memoir

Homework:
-Finish your setting paragraph and snapshot paragraph for your memoir portfolio piece.  I will be collecting these tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Plotting our Memoirs

Goal:
-To understand how authors use plot
-To understand a variety of plot structures
-To practice using our own cohesive plot structure, as our sample authors do, in the midst of a memoir full of flashbacks and digressions

Agenda:
-Share some narratives that establish setting
-Review plot as a literary element
-Practice plotting out Lamott's memoir

Homework:
-Using the chapter of life that you chose to write about, create your own plot map that includes the topices that you intend to go over.
-If you did not complete the five bullet points about Lammot's plot, go back and do that.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Workshopping Setting

Agenda
-Review Map Pieces
-Finish Workshop Writing of Setting
-Peer Review


Homework
-Finish your setting paragraph
-Read Lammot's memoir excerpt and write five points about the plot--including events and structure

Friday, September 7, 2012

Memoir: Developing a Setting

Agenda:
-Work on our "chapters of our lives" timeline

  • Partner up with someone 
  • Develop more details about these
  • Choose a chapter to write further about this quarter
-Discussion of A Heartbreaking Work of Incredible Genius
  • What settings does Eggers set up?
  • How does he set them up?  What literary devices does he use?
  • How does this contribute to the picture of his life that he presents?
-Map Pieces Discussion
  • Look at your map handout examples
  • Which fits best with your chosen chapter?  Circle it.  (You could also use Eggers' work)
  • What literary elements does it use?  Label some of them.


Homework:
*Read Lammott's memoir excerpt
*Take five notes about how the plot structure works
*Write a paragraph developing the setting for the chapter of your life that you chose.  Use at least two of the literary devices that you saw in the sample memoir that you picked.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

One-Pager for The Woman Warrior

Agenda:
-Chapters of my life pictorial brainstorming
-One-pager for The Woman Warrior
  • Include a summary and how this fits the memoir genre as well as a description of the main character
  • Include a quote that is representative of the text
  • Include a picture of the narrator that you get from the portion of the memoir that you read
-Sharing what we came up with
-Thinking about how to write about our own life chapters/what kind of character we want to portray to others

HW: Reading from a memoir--Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Write a paragraph explaining how the narrator establishes a sense of place throughout the chapter

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

An Introduction to Memoir

Agenda:
-Safe Place Free Write (emphasis on imagery)
-What makes the memoir genre unique and distinct from autobiography?
-Looking at sample memoir
-HW: Read your excerpt from Woman Warrior
Write five bullet points explaining how it fits/does not fit the memoir genre
Highlight some important pieces of text to discuss in class tomorrow