In the third lesson of The Storyteller’s Project we continued to explore identity.
We began by reviewing our study of the theme of collections. We discussed the mentor texts we have read so far (The Matchbox Diary and My Name is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River). We remembered the writing that we accomplished with each lesson (Heartmaps and I am poems) and how each time we write in our writer’s notebooks we are adding to our collection of memories.
Then we looked at the word “memoir” and determined what it meant. I shared this video of a 5th grade class’ Six Word Memoirs and explained that we were going to begin by writing a six word memoir. I shared some examples from this mentor text, Six Words Fresh off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America.
Students then wrote their own six word memoir to add to their collection of memories in their writer’s notebooks. Here is an example of one student’s six word memoir.
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