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“Always Dream in Sand, Surf, Sun.” Six Words at the Jersey Shore

Monday, August 20th, 2012

“Saturday to Saturday makes the summer.” - Mike Zinn
“Mini-golf is the best game ever.” - Danny Zinn (Mike’s son)

Six words have taken me as far as the Cayman Islands to lead a corporate workshop and as close as down the street to do a storytelling workshop with kids at an after-school program in Brooklyn. And [...]

Classroom of the Week: 4th and 1 Football Camp in Mt. Pleasant, TX

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

A Six-Word Memoir workshop is probably not the first thing you would expect to find at a high school football camp in the heart of East Texas. Then again, 4th and 1—a free football, SAT prep, and life-skills summer camp for at-risk student-athletes—is all about challenging expectations.

Earlier this month, 4th and 1’s student-athletes took time [...]

Classroom of the Week: Open Window School in Bellevue, WA

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

My pencil is a magic wand.
I read, thus I can fly.
Sorry Mom, I have gone wild.
With unrelenting heat waves and the familiar melodies of ice cream trucks now upon us, there’s no question that summer is officially here. Schools across the country recessed for summer vacation just last month, and SMITH Magazine was once again [...]

Classroom of the Week: Fieldston Middle School’s Six-Words on Silence

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Eighth grade team leader at Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School in Bronx, NY, Erik Hanson, recently struck up a poignant, six-word dialogue about silence and the all too common act of bullying.
Hanson heard Michele Norris talking on NPR about a project she developed to foster candid conversations about the touchy subject of racism in [...]

Hey Students! Be In a New Book of Six-Word Illustrations from SMITH & TED

Monday, May 21st, 2012

SMITH Magazine, home of the Six-Word Memoir project, is delighted to announce a new book of Six-Word Memoirs with a great new twist: all the memoirs will be illustrated by students. By students we mean grade school to grad school, art classes of all ages or the work of MFA candidates, and both the word [...]

Classroom of the Week: Ridgeview High School

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

This week’s student Six-Word savants attend Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, FL. English/Language Arts teacher Susan Mullen begins her lesson plan by trying to convey the power and art that can be encompassed in something as small as a single sentence. “I’ve been using lessons and activities from a wonderful book by Stanley Fish, [...]

Classroom of the Week: Academic Magnet High School in Charleston

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The 2011 Six-Word Memoir Flim from junius wright on Vimeo.
This week’s Classroom of the Week hail from Charlestown, South Carolina, where six-in-the-classroom veteran and language arts teacher Junius Wright teaches at the Academic Magnet High School. Wright has been incorporating Six-Word Memoirs and videos into his lesson plans for his creative writing classes to [...]

Classroom of the Week: Six-Words on 7Speaks

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Six-Word Memoir Video 7C from Lacey Boland on Vimeo.
Language arts teacher Lacey Boland keeps her classroom fresh and modern at Independence Charter School in Center City, Philadelphia by combining the benefits of literature and technology. She has taken language arts to the blogosphere.
For the past two years, Boland has had her 7th graders write Six-Word [...]

Classroom of the Week: Publicolor Brightens Lives

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

I get such a rush when I walk into a new environment, often full of people who’ve never heard of Six-Word Memoirs—and then mere minutes later they’re spilling forth funny, profound, sweet, and surprising sixes.
In the last month, I’ve given talks and led workshops to a wild range of people in a wide range of [...]

Classroom of the Week: Concordia College Catches Six Fever

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota has caught Six-Word Memoir fever. Although the six-word bug began with Professor Joan Kopperud’s English 421 class of 11 students, it quickly spread campus-wide.
Kopperud asked the students in her course (called “Traditions in Literary Genre—the Memoir”) to read a few six-worders as examples of a sub-genre of memoir. They were [...]

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