What is a MEMORY MOMENT? A MEMORY MOMENT happens when the author interrupts the action to tell or reflect on a memory. A memory moment can help you understand why characters do what they do. Ask yourself: Why is this memory important? How does this explain why the character is acting in a certain way? Memory Moments often reveal something about a character's inner CONFLICT or if the memory keeps happening over and over again, the lesson learned from it is often the THEME. 1. Watch the animated short movie, LILY and the SNOWMAN. What is the memory moment? How does this moment help you understand the character's behavior? What is the connection to the memory? Is there a lesson to be learned? 2. Write your response in the attached to this lesson. 3. Don't forget to explain your thoughts and thinking. 4. Remember to restate the questions and give specific examples and evidence from the video. Challenge: Can you find other examples of the signposts in the video?
This video has an example of MEMORY MOMENT Signpost. Use the video when teaching students the Notice and Note Signposts to help them become more active readers. You could also use this lesson or the lesson ideas when teaching personal narratives or fiction writing. Encourage your students to include memory moment in their own stories.