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Six-Word Memoirs in Schools Archive

Classroom of the Month: The United Nations School

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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 [...]

Classroom of the Week: Essex Street Academy

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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 [...]

Classroom of the Month: San Francisco Day School

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

“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 [...]

Classroom of the Month: Vermont Academy

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Vermont Academy: 6 Word Memoir Project from Vermont Academy on Vimeo.
Although usually we feature individual classrooms and their Six-Word Memoir feats of creativity, we’re flipping the script this month to share an amazing video project created by students, staff and teachers alike. Meet our newest “Classroom of the Month”, Vermont Academy, a small boarding school [...]

Classroom of the Month: Rawson Saunders Schools for Dyslexic Students

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The beauty of the Six-Word Memoir form is that it’s universal. No matter who you are, where you’re from, whether you love or loathe writing, are 7 or 53, anyone and everyone can write the short, short story of his or her life. This month’s featured classroom is a small writing workshop based in Texas. [...]

New Book! “Things Don’t Have to be Complicated:” Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students Making Sense of the World — w/TED Books

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I’m thrilled to announce the release of the eighth book in the Six-Word Memoir series, Things Don’t Have to be Complicated: Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students Making Sense of the World, published with TED Books, a division of the TED Conference.

Quick links:
• Download the book
• View excerpt/slideshows in the Washington Post and Brain [...]

Classroom of the Month: NYC’s PS 86 in the Bronx

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Since we announced our new book, Things Don’t Have to be Complicated: The Art of Six-Word Memoirs by Students of the World., a project we’re publishing with TED Books (out December 20!), educators across the world have been sending their own classroom portfolios. Among them were five illustrated Six-Word Memoirs from fifth-graders in PS 86 [...]

Classroom of the Week: New Tech Academy Shares Illustrated Sixes

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

SMITH Mag’s newest book project-Things Don’t Have to be Complicated: The Art of Six-Word Memoirs by Students of the World-is as awesomely collaborative as the other seven, with a sweet scholarly twist: the Six-Word Memoirs included will be solely student written and illustrated.
Social media savvy teacher at New Tech Academy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ginger [...]

Classroom of the Week: Brandeis’ BIMA High Schoolers

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Doctor? Lawyer? Psychiatrist? “Mom, shut up!”
Atheism, Judaism. Both isms. Close enough.
Why thirteen? So many voice cracks.

With the Jewish holidays upon us, and our new Six Words on Jewish Life project launched, I wanted to share a recent experience I had in a very special classroom full of young, smart, wonderfully expressive Jewish teens. Each summer [...]

Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs—In the Classroom, in our New Book

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Every Six-Word Memoir book is a different process. They’re all bound by this simple concept—”your life in exactly six words”—but the vibe is never the same. And never has the experience of receiving the submissions been so intense and amazing as it has been for for our upcoming book, Things Don’t Have to be Complicated: [...]

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