Activities and Games, Writing Activities
Memoir: A Write It Activity
Students get help writing a very personal work — the memoir — with Scholastic’s six-step workshop that takes them from start to finish.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Scholastic’s “Write It: Memoir,” for older students, incorporates interactive tutorials, exercises, publishing opportunities, message boards, and creative ideas – all meant to help students find their voice and develop their craft as they bring their work from memories to memoirs.
- Brainstorm: Where to begin? Students learn to tap into their memories and emotions. Plus, renowned author Frank McCourt offers tips on writing in the first person.
- Draft: These four exercises help students start crafting the first draft of their memoirs.
- Review: Students learn to see their memoirs through fresh eyes with these ideas and techniques.
- Revise: Students gain perspective on their work with help from these exercises, including how to revise a memoir like E.B. White!
- Polish: How to fine-tune memoirs, from grammar to punctuation.
- Publish: A unique opportunity for students to become published poets! Here, they submit their completed work to Scholastic.com.
- Students can Chat with Fellow Writers to get feedback on their writing.
- Jessica, 18, shares her memoir called “Vueltas."
- Students read and respond to examples of memoirs.
- Students may use this interactive site to develop and publish their own memoirs.