Reflection: Student Feedback Organizational Tools of Memoir Day 1: Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Section 3: Close Reading Excerpt of Wild


The video provided a strong context for entering the conversation about organization.  We ended up having a kind of impromptu continuation of the Socratic seminar as students responded to her interview; one thing they came back to was how she seems to wallow a bit in the misery of losing her mother (she tells the story of swallowing a piece of her mother's bone that didn't burn all the way when she was cremated--it sounds even more disgusting when she says it out loud!).  The explicit discussion of process seemed to benefit the subsequent close reading of the excerpt--we didn't even get through the whole piece.  The first part we read was a passage about her hearing coyotes and how it reminded her of home, which we associated with some of her family issues from home.  This was a good start in looking at the organization and form of the text.  However, I'm going to take it one step further tomorrow and have students look at how all the passages connect, and how she builds meaning throughout the book.

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Organizational Tools of Memoir Day 1: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Unit 6: Thematic Unit: Gender and the Rhetorical Power of Narrative
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT recognize the organizational moves of memoir and analyze their rhetorical functions by closely analyzing excerpts from Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild."

Big Idea: Memoirs are highly structured, as writers organize their stories to create a desired central idea or series of ideas.

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