Reflection: Student Feedback Model Memoir as Argument: Donald Murray's "The Stranger in the Photo is Me" - Section 2: Structural Analysis of a Personal Reflection


Working with this piece today, it is clear why it is such a popular one among AP Language and Composition teachers (I was introduced to it during an AP Institute, so that could be another reason it is widely used!); the students really liked the piece.  I was glad that I read it out loud, though, even though they read it the night before.  Their general reaction was to the emotions of the piece, and they liked the general idea of using photos (I actually had them come in with photos today, so they were excited about those anyway).  So walking through it out loud and talking as a whole class was a nice way to jointly construct meaning in the text and look specifically at structure--how the ideas build on one another.  The piece also was a nice one to work on exploring how author's construct multiple central ideas because those really come out in the second half of the column--a small space where we can see the evidence and how it builds to make meaning.

The students also seem excited about writing, which is always a nice way to go in to a new unit!

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Model Memoir as Argument: Donald Murray's "The Stranger in the Photo is Me"

Unit 7: Writing Memoir as Argument
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT recognize the strategies a writer uses to develop an argument through personal experiences by closely analyzing Donald Murray's "The Stranger in the Photo is Me."

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