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Classroom of the Month: The United Nations School

June 25, 2013 | The Six-Word Memoir Blog

This week’s featured classroom is located just down the road from SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word nerve center in Manhattan. The United Nations International School (UNIS) was founded in 1947 by United Nations affiliated families, and has multi-national staff from 70 countries and over 1,450 students from 120 countries. In other words, it’s a place that loves language. So I was delighted when middle school librarian and fan of Six Words, Vivian Ellner, invited me to lead a storytelling workshop with eighth graders in teacher Geoff Van Kirk and Dan Love’s classrooms. After sharing examples of Six-Word Memoirs and talking about what makes a good story—whether told in just six words or many more—we got down to the real business of the day: sharing our brief life stories.

Whether I’m in …

Classroom of the Week: Essex Street Academy

April 29, 2013 | The Six-Word Memoir Blog

This week’s featured classroom attends Essex Street Academy in NYC, a school that prides itself on its project-based focus on learning and personalized approach to education. The ninth and tenth graders taking a creative writing course with teachers Jenny Platow and Caitlin Thomas were asked to write Six-Word Memoirs after thoroughly analyzing the book, I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure, found in the school library.

The students were encouraged to notice not just the words used in the memoirs but also the positioning of the words on the page and the book’s overall design. The class then went on to explore the Six-Word Memoir project as a greater movement by checking …

Classroom of the Month: San Francisco Day School

April 2, 2013 | The Six-Word Memoir Blog

“For the shy poets, taking a risk in six words to share a secret, a memory, or a fear is easier than delving into a longer poem.”

Spring always seems to reinvigorate creativity and inspire new ideas. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter and the Six-Word Memoirs are less “Wishing for other reasons to shiver” and more “Mudluscious and puddle-wonderful Spring. -e.e. cummings.”

Which brings us to this month’s featured classroom! Meet Meghan Adler, learning specialist, seasoned writer and poetry …

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Since we launched the Six-Word Memoir project in 2006, educators of all kinds have found six words to be a terrific classroom assignment and catalyst for self-expression. Here we celebrate your students' work and offer a few useful links:

Coming soon! The Six-Word WorkbookTM for schools.

Read guidelines for posting on SMITH and SMITH Teens.

Watch a video about the Six-Word Memoir project.

Please keep us posted on your latest six-word projects—we'd love to feature your students on SMITH. Contact us at news@smithmag.net.

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