Wow - this is a fantastic resource for teaching about memoirs and personal writing. It gives lessons, links, examples, movies, and advice for students. Everything on this site is user-friendly - you could have your students peruse the site or include the sections that you like in your instruction.
Sometimes students need to read a sample before they are able to create their own memoirs. Here you will find a number of sample memoirs that can be discussed with students. You may focus on ideas or structure or simply enjoy reading them aloud.
This is an extensive foray into memoir writing -- there is so much offered here that you could pick and choose what works best for individual students or your entire class. There are a number of worksheets that you could use or adapt for your students. Some of the information is better for younger students or ESL/ELL students; however, the ideas can be altered for any class. There is a rubric at the end that you could use or modify as well.
Smith Magazine introduced the Six Word Memoir to inspire creativity. This site explains everything you and your students will need to know about writing six word memoirs. They are personal and fun to share!
Love it! I have done a similar exercise like this -- students love writing adages, personal quotes or aphorisms. This video shows the results of the six word memoir -- it can be used to introduce the idea or at the end of instruction to inspire kids to create their own videos.