Memoir Basics 3: Adding feelings, judgments, and explanations

Wrapping up

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Roald Dahl's 'Boy'

When you’re out in the world
When you’re reading

Here are the books we used in this lesson.

The Colour of Waterby James McBride

The Colour of Water

James McBride writes a tribute to his eccentric mother and how she shaped his upbringing. In his memoir, he looks at family relationships, resilience, faith, and forgiveness.

Boy, by Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl's memoirs are full of anecdotes about his childhood and school days, including dead rats in sweet shops, holidays in fishing boats, school bullies and nose-threatening accidents.

Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickman

Rocket Boys

Three years in the life of Homer ‘Sonny’ Hickam, from the moment he sees the Sputnik satellite overhead in West Virginia to his successful launch of a prizewinning rocket.

Teen Angst? Naaah…, by Ned Vizzini

Teen Angst? Naaah...

Ned Vizzini presents the weird, funny, and sometimes mortifying moments that made up his teen years.

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution, by Ji-li Jiang

Red Scarf Girl

Ji-li Jiang writes of her experiences during the Cultural Revolution of China in the 1960s, where changes in politics affect her family and education.

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb

I am Malala

The title says it all—it’s the story of Malala’s survival and how she became an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

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