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Writing a Life: Teaching Memoir to Sharpen Insight, Shape Meaning--And Triumph Over Tests

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Memoir is more than writing down memories; it's a powerful motivator for children to write and revise. Working with familiar material, students explore their lives, learn new and sophisticated elements of craft, and engage deeply with content to uncover personal and universal meaning. By teaching with memoir, you can help students exceed official standards for writing, bot ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Joy
Mar 31, 2014 Joy rated it it was amazing
I was at the Rose Spicola Conference a Texas Woman's University this weekend and Kathrine Bomer was the keynote speaker. After her talk, I had to pick up this book.

Don't let the subtitle throw you. When I saw "Teaching Memoir" I though it was her writing a memoir about teacher. It is actually a book about teaching kids to write their own memoirs.

Kathrine Bomer is a big fan of writing workshop, where students have the opportunity to write about what they want to write and then revise and publish
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Trina
Aug 23, 2016 Trina rated it it was amazing
"Every time we know someone's life story, we become rich with perspectives that we wouldn't have had without this offering. We learn about different places, time periods, and cultures. We find out that we are not alone in our grief, our anger, our intense feelings of love and we learn how to see beneath the skin of people who might have felt "other" to us before." (pg. 27) I could deeply relate to this quote and will hold on to it for a long time. Katherine Bomer eloquently articulated exactly w ...more
Karen
Sep 04, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Excellent book to inspire a memoir reading/writing unit with my middle school class.
Shannon
Dec 02, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly helpful. My students' memoirs are far more insightful and go beyond the "one story" memoir. Their writing has improved as well, I think they have gained a deeper sense of the writing process through many of the activities and ideas that I presented to them from this book. Thank you!
Tracy Nomensen
Sep 29, 2010 Tracy Nomensen rated it it was amazing
The only thing better than this book for memoir writing is taking a class from Katherine Bomer herself. Katherine inspires us as writers to be bold, take risks and tell our stories.
Sarah Broas
Aug 18, 2012 Sarah Broas rated it really liked it
LOVE LOVE LOVE Katherine Bomer and her work. This book is well written and finely crafted. Not 100% sure that all the strategies can be used with older kids, but worth the read ;)
Belinda
Jun 10, 2010 Belinda rated it it was amazing
Great book. It is a must read for all classroom teachers. This book has practical ways to get students to write with meaning. It is a must have.
Sara
Jun 11, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Really great, especially if you are already familiar with fundamentals of writing workshops. Has good ideas for the idea generating process.
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Looking for insight into the writing process....
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