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ERIC Number: ED480243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-28
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Memories Matter: "The Giver" and Descriptive Writing Memoirs.
Gaines, Lisa
Students will combine reading with descriptive writing in this lesson plan. Embedded in this project are skills, such as compiling, composing, defining, describing, illustrating, rewriting, and validating. During nine 30-minute sessions, students will: read and discuss "The Giver" by Lois Lowry in order to create meaning from the text; read short (or sections of) biographies/autobiographies/memoirs and answer both technical and comprehension questions in order to understand the difference between a biography/autobiography/memoir; view a biography on video for further comparison and contrast; use computer search engines to research events that happened on the day they were born to gain understanding of the importance of a written history; select pertinent facts that construct meaning for them based on research, prior knowledge, and life experiences; summarize the information they have selected in the chart provided; reflect, in expository writing mode, on the information they have selected; and compile a list of events in their lives by interviewing. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the lesson are included. A worksheet on American Memory; a data chart; a memoir booklet information sheet; a personal memoir rubric; a peer editing worksheet; a peer rating scale; and a self-revision worksheet are attached. (PM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.