At the beginning of the year I had my students write 6-word memoirs that they then represented through a collage silhouette. In the 6-word memoir they have to account for an aspect of their life in just 6 words. Next, they draw their face silhouette and then fill it with images they feel symbolize their memoir.
- Understand and reflect on the importance of word choice in enhancing meaning.
- Acquire and practice skills necessary to write a Six Word Memoir.
White paper, black (or colored) construction paper, pencil, scissors, glue sticks, magazines, newspapers.
6 Word Memoir
- Quick Write: Ask students what they think a ‘memoir’ is. Give them about 1 minute. Give subtle hints along the way. A useful PowerPoint can be found here.
- Think Pair Share: Students first share their thoughts with a partner, then with the class what they believe a ‘memoir’ is.
- Read definition of memoir.
- Read different examples of 6 word memoirs.
- Show examples of memoirs written by me and why I chose to write them.
- Ask them to write a list of things they are interested, how they like to live their lives.
- Ask them to write three different 6 word memoirs. Then share with the class.
- They choose their favorite.
- Give each student a white sheet of paper.
- Explain how to draw a face silhouette. A useful video can be found here, or at the bottom of the page.
- Students turn the paper over and fill the page with images found in magazines, books, newspapers, etc.
- Students turn paper back over and cut out there silhouette.
- Paste silhouette on black (or any colored) paper.
- Paint 6-word memoir around the silhouette.