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29 July 2009 @ 10:25 am
twice in one day?  
Resident of the back bedroom returned to bed this morning and just now emerged (due to hunger). Had time to read this:





Absorbing, surprising, disturbing, amazing--lots of words spring to mind. These are 6 word memoirs by teens. Here are some of the ones I flagged as I read.

FIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND TWO OBITUARIES.

YOU'RE THE PARENT. ACT LIKE ONE.

EXAGGERATION IS THE SPICE OF LIFE.

GOD ABANDONED ME, SO I RECIPROCATED.

I NEVER GOT MY HOGWARTS LETTER. (could be Hank Green's memoir?)

WOULD BE SLUT GIVEN THE CHANCE.

YOU MADE ME STRONGER. THANKS, RAPIST.

MEASURED OUT MY LIFE IN LITERATURE.

LIFE IS FULL OF "AWKWARD TURTLE" MOMENTS.

INSERT MELODRAMATIC CLICHE-TEEN ICK HERE.

Not only would I love to have kids write their own, I want to see them do something like write character descriptions using the 6 word format. Or take some of these memoirs and tie them to a character from a book they have read.

Mind is teeming. Must write down.
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lindajsingletonlindajsingleton on July 29th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
This looks really interesting! Thanks for mentioning it!
crissachappell on July 29th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Soooo cool. I was in the "grown up" version last time!
Lisa Yeelisayee on July 29th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, those are great! Must get the book.
(Anonymous) on July 29th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this. I have my students write six-word summaries after we participate in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), or do a Friday Wrap-Up (I include it with my own "friday fill-ins" for middle school students.

This book can be so powerful in my classroom.
(Anonymous) on July 29th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Just checked the bookstore for this one today in hopes that it was out early. Nope. Shucks.

Love your idea about character descriptions. I was thinking of buying for my college-age daughter, but I may need a second copy for use in my classroom.
Stacey Goldblattmotherhoodtales on July 31st, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Amazing!

And this: "Not only would I love to have kids write their own, I want to see them do something like write character descriptions using the 6 word format. Or take some of these memoirs and tie them to a character from a book they have read."

Brilliant!

I understand the curse of the English teacher. I've been out of the classroom now for eight years, yet most of what I read stimulates and idea that gets flipped into a writing prompt pancake. Must get back into the classroom! LOVE this idea of yours and can't wait to read the book. Thanks for sharing.
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
six word memoirs
Last year I gave my principal an article about six-word memoirs. As part of our inservice week, she had us come up with one that depicts our school lives. Everone participated, including the janitors. Then, we word-processed them. The first day of school, our memoirs were laminated and taped to our door (and they were poster-sized). It was such a cool way for us to express what school means to us, for the kids to see that, and for us to see the other staff members' ideas. Mine was: Lesson plans scrapped;real learning begins.
(Anonymous) on September 7th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
being the bored, self-absorbed loser that i am, i googled my six-word memoir from the book, just to see what would happen, and your site came up. mine is the 'measured out my life in literature' one. ha. i'm currently awaiting my 'author's copy' and i'm looking forward to reading all the others. i love the whole idea.