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Warm-Up 8/3/12 • [*Remember, copy the heading!*] • Identify the subject and the verb of each of the following. You do not have to copy the sentences; write the subject and verb and label “S” for subject and “V” for verb. • There are five types of rhinoceroses. • Show us a copy of the survey. • The committee discussed the problem, but proposed no viable solution. • Farm children performed many chores before school each day. • How many records did Jerry Rice set? • Where is your homework?
Memoir • …1stperson account of own [portion of] life • Narrow focus: 1 theme/perspective • not whole story of a life, only interesting stories. • root word: “memory.” • not about reporting facts. • memoir not necessarily full of lies, but a memoir is not about what happened so much as how it happened. To the author. • And because of that… a memoir may not be all true. • are memories factually accurate? NO.
(more on memoir) • Similar to fiction: • a good memoir will have a strong narrative • emphasis on character and plot. • Not like nonfiction: • An autobiography can get away with presenting a life as a series of events and facts and figures. • A memoir has to tell a story.
More practice… • Read the simple excerpt from House on Mango Street. • Answer the questions that follow—write on this! Work with a neighbor. • Goal: compare to Chinese Cinderella so we can come up with a rubric for our own drafts.
Dialogue What is it? Why would a writer include it? When would it not be in a story? How do you write it?
Dialogue noteshttp://garvoille.wordpress.com/page/17/ • Put the spoken words and punctuation in quotes. • Capitalize the first letter of the quotation. • ex: “Hey.” • Add a dialogue tag when needed. • Include punctuation before and after the quotation. • Before ex: He said, “Hey.” He said, “Hey!” • OR After ex: “Hey,” he said. “Hey!” he said. • Start a new paragraph when you switch speakers. • “Hey,” she said, “wait.” He responded, “Well?”
Closure and Reminders • What are the basic elements of a memoir? • HW: • Make notes and revisions to memoir so that it meets our “rubric” requirements. Bring this back to class on Monday. • Bring Chinese Cinderella on Monday!