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Memoirs & Portraits: Creating Dynamic Characters

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Language Arts And English +1 Age Level Middle School (12 to 15 years old)

This collection supports students to write their own memoirs and is aligned to the Teacher's College Reading Writing Project (TCRWP) Memoir Writing Unit. One objective of this unit is students will create "well-developed characters who change." Through the examination of portraits matched with mentor texts, students have the opportunity to examine how artists capture the complexity of people through visual art and language.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. #NPGteach

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National Portrait Gallery

Toni Morrison

National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Sort

Sorting Activity

Rudolfo Anaya

National Portrait Gallery

Sonia Sotomayor

National Portrait Gallery

Roald Dahl

Smithsonian Magazine

Shawn Carter, or Jay-Z

National Portrait Gallery

Sandra Cisneros

National Portrait Gallery

Maxine Hong Kingston

National Portrait Gallery

Michael Jackson

National Portrait Gallery

Serena Williams

National Portrait Gallery

Malala

Malala Fund

Bill and Melinda Gates

National Portrait Gallery

Serena Williams On the Line Excerpt

Grand Central Publishing

Roald Dahl's Boy

Jonathan Cape