Memoir is designed specifically to be the first major unit of the year. During this unit, students are able to hone their writing skills, while teachers can collect baseline data. Additionally, at this time, students are working with multiple drafts, organizers, and a rubric. This provides students opportunity to understand the format and procedure of all future writing assignments. Ultimately, this unit allows teachers to get to know each of their students as individuals, as well as create a community within the classroom. This truly sets the stage for a classroom of educational risk-taking and positive relationships with students that last throughout the year. Memoir models are included included in the student workbook.