Tuesday, January 12, 2016



How do our relationships with people, places, objects, and pets shape us? This is the question that the 6-8th grade students have been and will continue to explore as they create and study memoirs in both poetry and prose formats. Memoirs focus on specific moments from our past. These moments may be happy, sad, exciting, or fearful. Regardless of our emotional responses, our experiences (moments) shape us. The 6-8th grade students have been reading and analyzing a variety of memoirs written as poems and short stories. Students have created a list of qualities that create an effective memoir. This list includes but is not limited to: using the first person point of view, having one central purpose (theme), using dialogue, staying on topic, using figurative language, and providing purposeful details.