Memoirs for Mentor Text

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  1. Mrs. R.

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    I'm starting the year with the genre study of memoir in my reading/writing workshop. I'm in search of great memoirs that I can use with my seventh graders as mentor texts (alas, David Sedaris is a bit too mature!).
    I've already got:
    King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher
    Boy by Roald Dahl
    Oddballs by William Sleator

    Any other ideas?
     
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  3. Beth561

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    Walter Dean Myers-Bad Boy(Love it!)
    Toby Wolff-This Boy's Life (made into the movie-this is easy reading but long)
    Homer Hickman-Rocket Boys(movie-October Sky)
     
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    Beth,
    Thanks! I forgot about Rocket Boys. I loved that book!
     
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    It's my pleasure Mrs. R:)
    BTW did you know that the movie's name is an acronym for Rocket Boys?
     
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    what do you think of these:
    Angela's Ashes & 'Tis by Frank McCourt
    Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox
    Breakfast with Tiffany by John Wintle
    Blankets by Craig Thompson
    and then I was thinking of some autobiographies but I guess they are different than memoirs?
     
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    Autobiographies are different from memoirs, you're right. Thanks for the suggestions. I suppose I better get reading!
     
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    Um....:eek:
    I was hoping you'd tell me what the difference is:confused::lol:
     

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