I have attached the quarter ending writing task for all of grade 8. All students are expected to create a high quality memoir from the practice wring we have done with small moments this month.

The details of the assignment are on the descriptor sheet while the assessment guide is the rubric which I will publish as soon as I figure out how to inset charts into a wordpress posting!

Your son or daughter will, hopefully, start talking about this task next week when we introduce it to the grade.

Memoir Writing- Telling Your Story

You are an aspiring writer who has been given the opportunity to showcase one of your new autobiographical pieces in the prestigious magazine Bearcat Review.

You have been asked to write an original memoir that is 1-3 typed pages, or approximately 300-750 words in length, that recounts the details of an important event in your life that is thought-provoking for readers. You are expected to write a dedication with your memoir to the person who inspired you to create your original piece. The magazine has very high standards and has asked that your personal narrative include the following:

identify who you are writing your memoir for; who has inspired you to write, and why
Clear Point of View:
first person; in your words; about you
Believable Character Development:
thoughts come alive with interior monologue; interactions with other characters come alive through powerful dialogue
Thought-Provoking Theme:
big idea connects important events and scenes with substantial detail that results in your personal growth or change
Vivid Setting:
well defined vivid settings related to your senses; show, don’t tell; uses language that richly describes
Original Voice:
interesting vocabulary and imagery; vivid verbs that reveal your personality through events and actions
Powerful Opening:
provide a hook for the reader; draw them into the memoir so they vicariously share your feelings as revealed in your writing
Structured Organization:
logical order to your events; sequence is purposeful and reinforces your story, theme, and/or message

Due Dates:
You will need a printed final copy for Wednesday, October 8, 11:45-12:45,when the READING CARNIVAL will be held in the Little Theater.
For assessment, you will hand in your final copy on Thursday/Friday October 9-10 in class
Assessment: See rubric