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March 3, 2020 | Elizabeth Rachuri

The sixth grade memoir unit has officially begun!


Students have conducted interviews and created timelines.  They have started writing from a list of prompts.  Ask your child about how it’s going.  Here are some of the prompts they may have chosen, but there are many more:

  • Do you collect anything?  If not, what would you collect?
  • What’s your favorite article of clothing?  What memories are attached to it?
  • Write about the first time you did something.
  • Write about a time when you felt “free”.
  • Who do you wish you could see again?
  • How is your family unique?
  • Write a letter to your older self.  What are your hopes for who you might become?

Many of the answers to these questions will be refined to become part of the final memoir.


Students will be reading memoirs to find inspiration and examples for their own work.  Students must complete a memoir every two weeks.  They will read a total of three memoirs.  They may choose from the books in our school library or they may bring books from home.

As students read, they will be looking for examples of rich text and themes.  They will be adding to these shared posters in class over the course of the unit.  That way, other students can be inspired by what they find.

I’m excited to walk this memoir journey with students!

















Elizabeth Rachuri

Teacher, Grade 5

Elizabeth Rachuri has always wanted to be a teacher. She began her career as a five-year-old girl creating and grading tests for her friends. She refined her skills in college as she studied, among other things, how to help struggling readers. Mrs. Rachuri spent a semester in Guanajuato, Mexico, studying Spanish and eating pan dulce. After college, she traveled to Puerto Rico to teach at the Christian School and Chapel for the Deaf. There, she learned American Sign Language and how to kill poisonous centipedes.

Finally, Mrs. Rachuri arrived at Mustard Seed School. Since that time, she has been teaching in the middle school. Her favorite part about teaching at Mustard Seed is leading worship. She loves to tell stories and get people to think deeply about God.

When she’s not teaching, traveling, or learning new languages, Mrs. Rachuri loves to draw portraits, sew, and (believe it or not) clean her house. But her new favorite pastime is singing and dancing with her daughter!

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