Reflection: Complex Tasks Memoir: Evaluating personal narrative as a record of the past (2 of 2) - Section 3: Student Work Time


Students had a really difficult time answering how the narrative is organized and why did Alice Walker choose to organize it in this way? (RL.9-10.5).  Students did a good job answering how the narrative is organized.  Some of the common answers were:

It is organized into little stories.

It doesn't seem to go in order.

The story is organized according to her memory.

When students had to answer why she chose to organize it in that way, they didn't have very confident answers. Some of their answers were:

She organized it in this way so we like it better.

Walker organized it like this because she didn't want it to be like a normal story.  


I need to give the students more exposure to texts that aren't structured normally.  

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Memoir: Evaluating personal narrative as a record of the past (2 of 2)

Unit 14: Celebrating the Self
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT cite strong text evidence to support analysis of a short memoir by answering text dependent questions.

Big Idea: The term "text dependent" should help students realize their answers must use the text.

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