Teaching the Writing Processes through Memoirs

Mandy Schmitt Glenn, Second Grade, EE Waddell Language Academy

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit will guide students through their writing process. Students will discover that there are different processes that a writer must go through including: brainstorming, drafting, reviewing, editing, and publishing. Students will also discover how their writing process can be repeated or even started over. To make this more interesting and meaningful for students, this unit will focus on memoirs. In the beginning of the school year, the students will start their journey by journaling and hearing read alouds. They will start to analyze the book and find out what they are about. In the second quarter, the teacher will then guide the students through the writing processes. The children will write about their own experiences. Through this whole process, students will discover what a memoir is, write their own memoir, and share their published memoir with others. The goal of this unit will be to make the whole writing process interesting, fun and more accessible to the student. The final product will be the child’s own journey to share themselves with others.