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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, [...]

“Familial Christian, 70s Jesus-freak, now enlightened.” Six Words Around the World

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

You’ve been working hard. I know. I see it every night when I check my Google Alerts for the latest results in a search for “six+word+memoirs.” Six-Word Memoirs in classroom projects and in To Write Love on Her Arm events and on personal blogs. Here are some of my favorite six picks from the past [...]

Six-Word Memoirs: The Teachers’ Guides

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Since we launched the Six-Word Memoir project on this site in late 2006 and began publishing a series of books, we’ve been consistently blown away by how others have adopted the form, from six-word prayers to six-words on amazing moms (with, to six words on Internet security—and, really, everything under and over and around [...]

“I couldn’t survive without my iPod”: Six-Word Memoirs from 9th Graders

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Nothing inspires us more around here than when Six-Word Memoirs find their way into a classroom. In Warminster, Pennsylvania, Ms. Sifer’s 9th grade English class recently joined the challenge. All 133 students wrote six-word stories that were later hung up in her classroom and published with visual pieces on the class’s own blog site. Sifer [...]

“Curious to see what happens next” — Six Words from Teens in Bangladesh

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I asked some of my teen patrons as AISD to try the six-word memoir. AISD (American International School/Dhaka) is one of the top international schools with a population of 700 students (Pre-K-12). Our vision is to prepare students to become stewards of a just and sustainable world.
- Judyth Lessee, MS/HS Librarian, AIS/Dhaka, Bangladesh
Here’s what [...]

“Running for the ice-cream truck outside”—Six-Word Memoirs From Third Graders

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Summer has a smell, feel, and taste which are all too delicious for an eight-year-old to savor in silence. Ms. Buttiglieri and Ms. Wenning’s third-grade class at Bradford Elementary in Montclair, NJ was bursting at the seams, half-crazed—they needed an outlet that didn’t involve screaming. Paige Kennedy-Piehl stepped in a la Mary Poppins style and [...]

One Class. Six-Words. Here’s Theirs.

Monday, April 13th, 2009

“Too young. Too unaware. Quiet acceptance,” is one six-word memoir from one of Jill Keenan’s students at P.S. 128 high school in Westfield, MA. “My students are awesome,” boasts Keenan, who is clearly doing something right to have such a lovely writer in her classroom. In that spirit, she created a SMITH profile for the [...]

Dear SMITH: “Will always believe in my students”

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

We’ve recently added a “backstory” feature to the Six-Word Memoir project (like a backstory that just came in about turning 50. At Falmouth High School in Falmouth, MA, Christopher Lippa’s students have had the backstory bug for months. “I had about 70 kids write six-word memoirs for this assignment,” the English teacher wrote in to [...]

“Sister’s advice not heeded. Ends horribly.” — A Great Six-Word Teen Site

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

For the last four days, I have done nothing but email teens who are finalists for our upcoming teens-only six-word memoir book. It’s hundreds and hundreds of stories, plus some pictures, some advice, some tough questions, and some secret-sharing of my own. Today, I got a reply informing me that a memoir Larry and I [...]

Dear SMITH: Six-Words from San Ramon Second Graders

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: nothing brings us more pride and joy when a teacher tells us how a class has taken six words and run with them. Jane Ware teaches second grade in San Ramon, CA and writes: “My second grade class has been writing their 6-Word Memoirs each week and [...]

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