Knowledge of the writing process to guide students as they record their family stories

Group Size: Any

Learning Objectives:

Students will interview their family members to obtain memories. These will be added to their Memory Map to generate ideas for their family story.

Guiding Question:

What makes our family unique? What memories do we want to capture and save?


Optional use of: The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco. This book spells out a family's story of love, faith and endurance using a quilt to weave the family memories through this tale.

Optional use of: The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy. This book shows the tender relationship between granddaughter and grandmother as they work to piece together a quilt that tells the story of their family's life.

Large paper for memory map, writing tools and journal.


1.) Send a newsletter to parents to introduce the unit of Family Memories. Outline the the writing process and enlist family interest and help in creating a family story. Encourage them to help their student with this project by supporting child interviews and acquiring family memories.

2.) Read either book to generate interest in learning about family memories.

3.) Refer to the Memory Map curriki:

4.) Demonstrate how to create a Memory Map.

5.) Send children home with a note instructing how to interview a family member with a sampling of possible questions.

6.) Utilize the writing process as you assist children in creating their personal narrative of a family story.

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