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Guide students through the process of writing powerful memoirs with these writing activities.

Master Class
Help students focus on key writing skills with these interactive and printable exercises developed with examples from student writing and classic literature.

Student Author
Jessica Colom, Age 18
Hear Jessica Colom read an excerpt from her award-winning memoir “Vueltas” in this interactive mini-lesson that focuses on the fundamentals of memoir writing.
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  Extend this Master Class by studying Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Writing Process
Guest Teacher
Kathryn Gullo
Middle school teachers: Read "Easing into Memoirs," a guest teacher lesson by Kathryn Gullo.

High school teachers: Read "Misty Water Colors and Scattered Pictures," a guest teacher lesson by Kathryn Gullo.
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Lessons from Literary Cavalcade

Use these resources from Scholastic’s Literary Cavalcade magazine to help your students write compelling short stories.

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The Dark Child (PDF)
When I Was Puerto Rican (PDF)
Writing the Senses (PDF)
Writing in the First Person (PDF)

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“Memoir is a particularly appropriate genre to tackle with secondary students because they are often so inwardly focused.”
—Kathryn Gullo, middle school English teacher

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