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  1. Autobiographical Genres Memoir Autobiography Biography Personal Narrative

  2. Autobiography • Who you are in life – Based on facts and research! • What life means to you – Your feelings, both past and present • What your outlook on the future is – Usually based on one event • Written by same person that it is about

  3. Biography • History of a lifetime – Must cover entire life • Most important facts and events of someone’s life • Contains anecdotes, memories, trips and cherished moments • Is about another person

  4. Personal Narrative • Focus is on a particular event in a person/writer’s life • 1st person • Uses diction and sensory details to express emotions that place the reader in the personal experience

  5. Memoir • Autobiographical writing • Captures certain highlights or meaningful moments in one’s past • Contemplation of the meaning of that event at the time of the writing of the memoir • Much more emotional and connects the writer to someone or something that had and impact on their life

  6. Characteristics of the MemoirForm • Focus on a brief period of time or series of related events • Narrative structure (storytelling elements like setting, plot, imager, characterization, foreshadowing/flashback, and irony and symbolism • Retrospective • Fictional quality • Higher emotional level/more personal reconstruction of the events and their impact

  7. Memoirs – Another perspective • Explores an event or series of related events that remain lodged in memory • Describes the events and then shows, either directly or indirectly why they are significant • WHY do you STILL remember them? • Focused in time (not long) • Focuses on problem/conflict and its resolution and why the resolution is significant in your life

  8. How we will write a memoir • Relationship between the writer and a particular person, place, animal, object or experience • Explain the significance of the relationship • Leaves reader with one impression • Limited to a particular phase, time period, place or recurring behavior • Makes the subject of the memoir come alive • Maintains a first person point of view

  9. Good Readers • Make connections • Question • Visualize • Infer • Synthesize

  10. Good Readers • Make connections to books or works they read by: 1. Connect books they read by connecting it to another book (text-to-text) 2. Connect to something in their own life (text to self)