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A writing process by which students end up with a six-word memoir

A writing process by which students end up with a six-word memoir

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    • Writing a six-wordmemoir...In order to narrow down a life intosix words, a writer needs to beginwith many words and ideas.Follow these instructions tocomplete a six-word memoir.
    • Start with a listList as manywords, topics, memories, orpersonality traits as you can aboutyourself – activities youdo, items, belongings, places youlike, and feelings you have. Don’tedit, cross out, change, or rewritewords. Don’t worry about spelling –just write. You are going forquantity, so write as much as you canin about three minutes. You should fillat least one full page.
    • Example list:Singer, writer, happy, tired, overworked,camping, colorful, shoes, sea shore,dragons, faeries, teacher, Spanish,Internet, laughing, cartoons, 70s, rockmusic, Jeep, teddy bears, church, baths,jingles, gum, crayons, super heroes,technology, legos, reading, Saturdaymorning, dancing, weight lifting, Ziggy,more shoes, sunrises, mother,daughters, snakes, dogs, mythology,thinking, dreamer, fries…
    • Now, circle the two or threewords that stand out for you,the ones that you could saymore about.
    • Example list:Singer, writer, happy, tired, overworked, camping, colorful, shoes, seashore, dragons, faeries, teacher, Spanish, Internet, laughing, cartoons, 70s, rock music, Jeep, teddybears, church, longbaths, jingles, gum, crayons, superheroes, technology, legos, reading, Saturday morning, dancing, weightlifting, Ziggy, moreshoes, sunrises, mother, daughters, snakes, dogs, mythology, thinking, dreamer, fries
    • Pick one item and freewrite about thethought. That means you just start writingabout that idea, object, role, or event. The onlyrule is don’t stop writing for at least two or threeminutes. Whatever comes to mind is fair game.mother
    • I’ve been a mother for14 years and have 3 ½ kids. Thismeans that one is a step-child. Shedoes not want me to be hermother, but she wants her mother tobe me. This is a difficult situation thatwill never be resolved. As for myother three children, I have a son andtwo daughters. I have learned thatbeing a parent is by far the hardestthing I have ever done. I am not onlyresponsible...Freewrite example…
    • ...for myself but also for the livesof three other people. I can onlycontrol so much of what they do andno matter how much I think somethingis right or wrong, they will end up doingwhat they want. Sometimes they areright, but sometimes they aren’t soright. Then the consequenceshurt, especially when they have to payfor choices that I might have been ableto help them avoid.Freewrite continued…
    • Now, go back to thefreewrite…Re-craft the freewrite into an effective 5-step paragraph that offers an engagingfirst sentence, explains the topic more,offers at least two specific, and detailedexamples, and concludes with asentence that captures the memoir’smeaning.
    • Example paragraph written aboutanother topic…adoption:Being adopted as a child gave me a different perspective onwhat it means to feel at home. I discovered early on thatbiology has nothing to do with belonging or not belonging. Iam constantly seeking a sense of balance throughout mylife, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Balance can befound in a piece of literature or music that helps make senseof the world, often in interactions with family and friends. Atother times this sense has been present in the give and takeof a relationship or assisting others in need. In a most basicform, a sense of balance can be present amid silence, thesimplicity of waves crashing on a shoreline, or a breathtakingsunrise away from the chaos of the world. I have discoveredthat balance and the feeling of home can be both internal andexternal and often is present in the unlikeliest of places.
    • Now, circle the most importantwords in the paragraphBeing adopted as a child gave me a different perspective onwhat it means to feel at home. I discovered early on thatbiology has nothing to do with belonging or not belonging. Iam constantly seeking a sense of balance throughout mylife, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Balance can befound in a piece of literature or music that helps make senseof the world, often in interactions with family and friends. Atother times this sense has been present in the give and takeof a relationship or assisting others in need. In a most basicform, a sense of balance can be present amid silence, thesimplicity of waves crashing on a shoreline, or a breathtakingsunrise away from the chaos of the world. I have discoveredthat balance and the feeling of home can be both internal andexternal and often is present in the unlikeliest of places.
    • Choose six words, orrewrite some words fromyour paragraph, to create asix-word memoir based onyour theme:Seeking home, balance, ina turbulent world
    • Seeking home, balance in aturbulent worldCreate a single PowerPoint slide, drawing or posterthat captures you.
    • Six-word memoirs...Dolores TuffinFree falling, ready for my futureJennifer BoireSpiritual being having a human experienceSnaborsTaking each step tenaciously and joyfullyCindy StarryFlow within your hearts joy foreverdanisue1Hula hooping life, looking for balanceleslie_balnobody loves you like your mother!?!?!?!samiam_amSearching, finding, winning, losing, happy, sad!