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  1. Personal Expressive Writing If you can talk about it, you can write about it! EVERY child is a story yet to be told.

  2. Critical Vocabulary Look for these words and their definition as we take notes. What do you think they mean? • Memoir • Essay • Narrative • Significance • Traditions • Memories

  3. Personal Memoir • A memoir shows the significancebetween relationships during a specific time of your life. Need a volunteer for someone to find the definition of significance and paraphrase it on the activboard/whiteboard. • Significance:

  4. Personal Narrative • Is a writing that shows a significant event in your life. • Try to stay away from “My Trip to Disney” and “My First Day of School.” Get creative and think of memoriesthat have really changed your life forever. Need a volunteer for someone to find the definition of memory and paraphrase it on the activboard/whiteboard. • Memory:

  5. Personal Essay • Personal essays are written about societal topics important to you and your life. You explain how this topic has shaped to the person you are today. • Topics you might write about are: divorce, suicide, cancer, technology, religion, traditions, etc. Need a volunteer for someone to find the definition of tradition and paraphrase it on the activboard/whiteboard. • Tradition:

  6. The Memory Bag/Box Project • Bring in a bag/container with 5 items (minimum) that have special meaning to you. • You will present your bag and items to the class, explaining why you chose what you did. • You will also turn in a written piece that explains which items you chose and why. Your written piece should include at least three critical vocabulary words. • This project is homework and will be due by Friday of this week.

  7. Examples • Pictures • Traditions (Christmas Eve, opening one present) • Mementos (grandmothers necklace) • Special Objects (Blankies) • Anything related to a significant person/story (Grandpa’s army badge)

  8. Rubric • Rubric on Personal Expressive Presentation • Project= 25 points: Your bag and all five significant items are worth 5 points each. • Presentation=15 points: You must present your items to the class. • Written Summary= 25 points: You must write a paragraph on each item you chose that explains the item and its significance to you. Paragraph=5 sentences. Each paragraph is 5 points. • *You can put your items in any container you wish; it does not have to be a bag. You may also produce a video or PowerPoint that showcases your items instead of having them in a bag.