Friday, January 17, 2014

What's Your 6 Word Memoir?


This is what I had on my bulletin board when the students came into Lunch Bunch today. ( I copied it from this pin on Pinterest.)   I know that they have been writing memoirs in ELA and our video project that we having been working on for weeks is at the point where I only need to see a few students at a time, so I knew it was time to move on to something new.

I have been thinking of having the kids describe themselves in 6 words since break, when the 6 word memoir idea was being bounced all over Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

There was a lot of discussion as they sat down with their lunch about "You in six words."  "Impossible" was the phrase I think I heard most of.

As they ate their lunch, I read them Ernest Hemingway's 6 word novel, that started it all.

For Sale: Baby Shoes.  Never worn.

We talked about what that might mean and how might people interpret it.  Afterwards I showed them a Haiku Deck with some sample 6 word memoirs.  I then asked them to write me own 6 word memoir.  
To brainstorm, I had them work together to fill out this sheet:



Before I collected their memoirs, I asked them how what we did today tied into our work with kindness and ending bullying.  Basically we want others to think of us in a way that shows we care about others, that we are not afraid to take a stand, that we are proud of who we are, and that we respect each other's differences.  All I can say is, "Good work girls!"  

I collected the memoirs at the end of Lunch Bunch and I have put together this Haiku Deck presentation that I will share with them when we gather back together next week.


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad
http://www.haikudeck.com/p/61GRNXRvOn/6-word-memoirs

I even have this lesson linked to both ASCA and NY Standards.

You can get a copy of this lesson plan on Teachers Pay Teachers in my store.  I thought this was an easier for way for people to download it.   ( I have priced it at $1.00 because it can be used for an observation and is linked to the standards.)  

Anyway, what would your 6 words be?  Leave a comment below or join in the conversation by one of the ways below:

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