Reflections of Blending English and Technology in the Classroom

6 Word Memoir

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Last year creative writing students wrote 6 word memoirs; they enjoyed the exercise but it did not draw the attention that it has this year. With new students, the assignment has taken on a life of its own. I was attending a meeting out of the district  last week when I assigned this writing exercise. Students read excerpts about memoirs, background information about the 6 Word Memoir, as well as examples that have been collected in the past . Finally, students were to write their own memoirs to be shared with their blogging community. Half way through the meeting I started receiving emails from students containing examples of their personal memoirs, as well as added phrases such as “this is fun,” “love this,” and “when do we share.”

Each student will select one memoir to illustrate and submit to be published in a collection. In essence, they are creating the Class of 2012’s 6 Word Memoirs. These memoirs have also been springing up on their blogs, facebook, and twitter; proving that students desire to share writing. Three years ago my students shared their writing within the classroom, now they use social media to share with a world wide audience!

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Written by sfarnsworth

September 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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  1. What a wonderful way to show creativity and the individuality of students, Mrs. Farnsworth! Great work, seniors! I learned a little more about each of you from reading them!

    Cari Teske (@cteske)

    September 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

  2. Loved being able to read what my own kids are doing in comp class, along with their classmates!! Cool idea Shaelynn-thanks for sharing!


    September 7, 2011 at 3:32 am

  3. Love the details about how students are using this class activity outside of class. You might also be interested in my blog post about using 6-word memoirs to help students with college essays: http://whatsnotwrong.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/6-word-memoirs-with-wordle/ Thanks.

    Gary Anderson

    September 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  4. I am in 9th grade GT/Idea English in Indianapolis and we heave to write a six word memoir to put in a time capsule for when we graduate. -A


    October 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    • Wonderful Idea Anna, would love to see examples from your class… did you have to illustrate them as well? Who is your teacher? Thanks for checking out my blog!


      October 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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