Checkpoint page
Your replies on this page can be graded by your teacher

Let’s create a checkpoint piece. You can use the memoir opener you’ve just created as a starting point (we’ve pasted it below) or you can write something completely new. (Your teacher may have a preference).

It should have all of the memoir ingredients we’ve talked about over this lesson. Your passage needs to:

  • use personal pronouns and past tense
  • the narrator is remembering a past event from their point of view
  • include feelings, judgments and/or explanations to show why these events are important (you don’t need all three, but some would be good).
  • have a situation, development and a reaction that gives your readers an idea what the larger story would be about if they kept reading.

If you feel it’s missing something, it’s okay to edit or add more to the passage—your checkpoint piece doesn’t have to strictly match the snippet.

I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster. It was just after dark. A blustery March wind whipped the steam coming out of the manholes, and people hurried along the sidewalks with their collars turned up. I was stuck in traffic two blocks from the party where I was heading.

Here is your work from this lesson. You can either revise and polish it, or you can write something new. (Ask your teacher if they have a preference.)