Witness to History -- Writing a Personal Memoir
When asked why he became a writer, Elie Wiesel responds by speaking of those who did not survive to tell their stories:
I owe them my very roots and memory. I am duty-bound to serve as their emissary, transmitting the history of their disappearance, even it if disturbs, even it if brings pain. Not to do so would be to betray them, and thus myself.
Plan Your Story
Write a story about an experience that affected you deeply and ought to be known by others.
In writing your story, you must answer the following questions:
1.) What happened? (Give a detailed account of your story)
2.) Why did it happen?
3.) What were your thoughts about the story at the time it happened?
4.) What are your thoughts about the story now?
5.) How is that story important to who you are as a person?
6.) What lesson does your story teach others?
1.) MLA format- name, teacher’s name, class, date, title of memoir, and heading
2.) Must be 2-3 pages
3.) Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
4.) Must use AT LEAST 3 literary devices
5.) Organization (Does your story follow a logical order…A beginning, middle, and an end? Do paragraphs separate main ideas?)
6.) Conventions (Are there few errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization?)
Adapted from: “Witness to History” series produced by Facign History and Ourselves & Voices of Love and Freedom