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Six-Word Memoirs in Schools Archive

Classroom of the Month: Parsons Senior Illustration

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

One of my favorite days of the year is the day I hang out with Lauren Redniss’ Senior Illustration Class at Parsons School of Design in NYC. It’s a special day, in part, because it’s such a thrill to see Lauren inspiring her students in her classroom; she’s a brilliant artist and author in her [...]

Think Fast—“What’s Your Story Class?” in NYC, October 27

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I was at a wedding this past weekend. The happy couple kissed. The dancing began. And soon enough it was toast time. One by one friends and family took the microphone to pay tribute to the bride and groom. And one by one those loving tributes turned into beautiful disasters. Still, everyone was in a [...]

Classroom of the Month: 6 to 600 in San Diego

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The mission of High Tech High in San Diego, CA is to create an environment where students can get passionate about learning in a hands-on, project based way. Twelfth-grade English teacher Skye Walden is clearly an advocate for these principles, exhibited in the innovative way she teaches her students. Among her methods has been to [...]

Classroom of the Week: “One Small Jew, One Loud Family.”

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Our Classroom of the Week is extra special for me—I taught it. Novelist and writing professor Jon Papernick invited me to speak and do storytelling workshops in his classes at the summer writing program he runs for high school students at Brandeis University. On the evening I arrived, I spoke to all of the 100+ [...]

Classroom of the Week: “Live Life Like a Paper Plane”

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Central Jersey Arts Charter School isn’t the typical school that would be found in a tough neighborhood in Plainfield, New Jersey. The arts-themed charter school was the central focus of a heated debate when it made its 2006 debut, but has been helping produce an alternative atmosphere for students that other schools in the area [...]

Classroom of the Week: “Praisin’ God with My Six String”

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

As another school year comes to a close, notes from teachers across the country continue to pour in with amazing stories of Six Words in the classroom. Whether it’s as a writing prompt, art project, or icebreaker, we love hearing—and seeing—how students are using the form to express themselves.
From Edinburg, Texas, 8th grade [...]

Six Words Immortalized at Yale Law School

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

I never know where the next fervent Six-Word Memoir fan will come from. One day I might receive a note from a pastor asking his congregation to think about distilling faith down to six words. Another day, a high school friend I haven’t seen in years sent over a note that Six-Word Memoirs have [...]

“Culinary arts spiced up my life”—The Classroom of the Week

Monday, March 28th, 2011

We love hearing about how schools of every type have found Six-Word Memoirs to be a writing tool in the classroom. James Berman, Chef Instructor at Delcastle Technical High School, in Wilmington, Delaware, reports that “Six has been a large part of our class. The process takes a very busy environment and forces us to [...]

Classroom of the Week: Augusta Elementary School

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Across the world, teachers from grade school to grad school have found Six-Word Memoirs to be a great writing prompt for their students. But at the Augusta Elementary School in Arkansas, Jana Wilson, the literacy coach, took a slightly different approach to get everyone in her school writing. To break the ice, Jana first asked [...]

Classroom of the Week: Bushwick’s “Still Waters in a Storm”

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

There’s not much better than seeing Six-Word Memoirs captivate a classroom. Rachel and I get emails every week, sometimes daily, from teachers across the world relaying how they used Six Words as a writing prompt, catalyst for self-expression, or way to break the ice with their students. We get invited into classrooms a lot, too, [...]

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