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If you’re writing and/or getting students to write about personal memories, here’s a short YouTube video I made on writing from family pictures. It has several advantages. There are many instances where students are already doing this. They are likely posting pictures of themselves on facebook or at least sharing and narrating photos with others. There are also many instances of good exemplar “mentor texts” in children’s and young adult literature that do exactly this. Everyone has a story to tell. I guess, though, that some stories should be left untold! Nevertheless, here is the video. I welcome all comments!My favorite type of writing I like to engage in is the “vignette”. Sandra Cisneros does this well in House on Mango Street.

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