Additional Resources for Teachers

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Activity 1A: Lend Me Your Ear

Books R4 Teens. College of Education, Education Resources. Multicultural book list.

On Memoir, Truth and “Writing Well,” recorded interview with William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, April 13, 2006.

ReadWriteThink. Audio Broadcasts and Podcast: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization.

ReadWriteThink. Plot diagram tool.

Teaching Students to Read and Write Memoir.

The Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with The New York Times. 10 Personal Writing Ideas.

Welcome to Inkspell, Dr. Z’s Education Web site.

Activity 2A: Sources of Memoir

Borg, Mary. (1998). Writing Your Life: Autobiographical Writing Activities for Young People. Fort Collins, CO: Cottonwood Press.


Christensen, Linda. (2000). Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, Ltd.


Willis, Meredith Sue. (1990). Blazing Pencils: A Guide to Writing Fiction & Essays. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative.


Activity 2B: Writing Your Memoir

Willis, Meredith Sue. (1993). Deep Revision: A Guide for Teachers, Students, and Other Writers. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative.