Annotations for the article "How to Write a Memoir" were collected. For students who did not summarize the major ideas in the article and the tenants of writing a memoir were not touched upon, they were asked to redo the assignment paying special attention to using the margins to address it directly.
Students wrote a rough draft of their memoir and brought a hard copy with a word count of 400 or more words. Students were to bring a hi-lighter set with 5 or more colors. Students color marked their work to look for interesting word choice, the realization, 5 senses, and so on. Students then engaged each other in conversation about what they noticed about their own writing. Students wrote a paragraph regarding what they felt they learned about the needs of their paper at this stage of their writing process.