Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Understanding the Structure of Memoir - Section 2: Deconstructing Expert Texts


I was very happy with how well students did in analyzing the texts by comparing the narrative and analysis moments.  While doing close reading of texts in the gender unit, we spent some time with each reading looking specifically at how narrative was used in the text, how they were constructed, and what purpose they served for overall meaning.  In doing so, I emphasized that memoir and other types of reflective writing are complex--they aren't simply journal entries, but highly thought out essays whose purpose is more than simply telling a story.  The ease at which students were able to identify the distinction in these texts showed that they get that distinction. 

Hopefully, this will translate this awareness of the complexity in these texts to their own writing, utilizing this knowledge to develop more compelling central ideas through their own experiences. I think the last section, where they looked at their own writing, was important to put this lesson into their own context, to move it from the theoretical.  I will emphasize that even more in a couple days when I put their texts up against the expert texts visually.

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Understanding the Structure of Memoir

Unit 7: Writing Memoir as Argument
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT recognize the parts of memoir that are narrative versus those that are analysis, and they work together to develop central ideas, through analysis of expert and student models.

Big Idea: Memoir is not simply story-telling; it is highly structured to use personal experiences to develop broader central ideas and arguments.

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