"Tell the truth but tell it slant." Emily Dickenson. It's the slant that will make the story. So experiment with different ways to tell a scene or an event that you want to include in your memoir. Wring the meaning out of it so you can enrich your writing and enthrall your audience. Free write without censure for 20 minutes. For examples of how I used this prompt with my clients see http://debmcleod.com/tell-it-slant and http://debmcleod.com/tell-it-slant-examples.
This incredibly popular writing unit guides students through a study of mentor texts before they write their own memoirs. Filled with engaging ways for students to develop topic ideas, detailed planning pages, revision mini-lessons, and editing checklists, this resource includes everything students (and teachers) need!