Memoir: "Sky Diving" Experience

Illustration Elements

Illustration Sub-competencies:


Students were asked to write a memoir about a significant life experience using dialogue. The project was launched with a brainstorming activity and students were provided a rubric to guide development, revision, and self-assessment.

In the below excerpt, a student fully brings her audience into her “sky diving” experience. The student is very strategic about the language she uses – in describing the setting, the interactions, and the steps in getting to her jump and has convinced her audience that she is preparing to sky dive.


Sample Student Work


Profile Analysis


I communicate confidently, using forms and strategies that show attention to my audience and purpose.           

In discussions and conversations, I am focused and help to build and extend understanding. I am an engaged listener; I ask thought-provoking questions when appropriate and integrate new information. I can create a wide range of effective communications that feature powerful images and words, and I identify ways to change my communications to make them effective for different audiences. I use my understanding of the role and impact of story to engage my audiences in making meaning. I acquire information about complex and specialized topics from various sources, synthesize and present it with thoughtful analysis.