September 26: A Day


1. Freewrite.

2. Turn in revision. Students passed in their work. Any students who did not have their printed revision today will receive a late grade deduction unless the computer malfunction or printer explosion is explained by a note from the parent.

3. Vocabulary notes! Students received new vocab notes on the first three word parts in Lesson 1 of our vocabulary on V1Vocab Unit 1 Guided Notes with SAT words. If you were absent, download this set of notes: V1 day 1 Vocab Unit 1 Guided with SAT. Students also received a Cheat Sheet for identifying parts of speech, which we did as we learned new words: V 0.5 Identifying Parts of Speech Cheat Sheet

4. Memoir examples. Students picked one of many freshman memoirs to read. These are all real student writing from previous years that were published. We read these memoirs for fifteen minutes, writing down a summary in the margin of what happened every 1/2 pages (two summaries per page). These are examples of what we will be writing ourselves.

5. Planning memoir. Students received this planning sheet to help them decide what to write their longer memoir about. Ms. Garvoille did an example for the class. All students should finish this for Thursday: My Plot Diagram/Planning Scene Selection Chart

HW: Finish  My Plot Diagram / Chart for Wednesday. Read and take summary notes on the example memoir you chose during class.

Absentees: Give your revised scene to Ms. Garvoille when you return. Download, print, and hole-punch vocab notes here: day 1 Vocab Unit 1 Guided with SAT. Download and complete My Plot Diagram. Here is an example of a completed packet:


1. Freewrite for five minutes.

2. Reading quiz on memoir to count as a homework grade since it was so short.

3. Vocabulary notes (only 2!). 

4. Notes on Memoir Writing Techniques to Show (L5).

Here’s an example of internal monologue from Glee––watch 3:10-3:50.

Click here to watch the use of reflection or metacognition, with a very different voice-over, much more philosophizing, from The Wonder Years. Watch from 0:45 – 3:25

Notice how sure this narrator sounds in comparison to the insecurity of the Glee narrator?

We will continue these notes tomorrow.

HW: None. Savor it.

No one was absent.


1. Freewrite for five minutes.

2. Reading quiz on memoir homework. 

3. Story share. In order to get a better grasp on our memoir topics, we tried to tell the story out loud (with a beginning, middle, and end) in thirty seconds. We practiced this alone twice and with partners twice. Then we did a process write on how the experience of telling the story helped us clarify our ideas.

4. Vocab notes. We took notes on #3 and 4. If you were absent, you can view the notes here to copy onto V1: V1 words 4 and 5As we took notes, we determined the part of speech of each association word.

5. Notes on Memoir Writing Techniques to Show (L5). As we took notes, we watched some film clips to illustrate the techniques.

Internal monologue from Glee––watch 3:10-3:50. 

Metacognition or reflection from The Wonder Years––watch 0:45-3:25.

Flashback from Twilight–watch the whole thing because it’s amazing.

Students could also pick up examples of these in writing if they wanted to.

HW: Choose one or more techniques from our notes today. Write a scene from your memoir that you planned out using the technique(s). A scene should be one part of the plot diagram or one column of the boxes. It should be at least one page (handwritten is fine), but you should write until you’re done telling the story.

Absentees: Set up a time with Ms. Garvoille at lunch to make up your reading quiz. Copy the vocab notes (V1 words 4 and 5onto V1 or get them from a friend. Print out or get from a friend the notes on Memoir Writing Techniques to Show (L5). If you want to print out the completed notes, check it out: Also, watch the videos linked above to clarify your understanding of these techniques. Finally, do the homework.