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6 word memoirs

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This is a PowerPoint to teach students that every word counts. Using Ernest Hemingway's 6 word memoir.
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6 word memoirs

  1. 1. 6 Word Memoirs
  2. 2. Memoirs <ul><li>noun </li></ul><ul><li>1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Usually </li></ul><ul><li>a. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography. </li></ul><ul><li>b. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society. </li></ul><ul><li>3. a biography or biographical sketch. </li></ul>
  3. 3. By Ernest Hemmingway <ul><li>“ For Sale: </li></ul><ul><li>baby shoes, never worn.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The success of Ernest Hemingway’s story lies in the multiple questions and possible meanings that lie between the lines. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Why is the narrator selling the shoes? </li></ul>For example :
  6. 6. Is the baby grown?
  7. 7. Did the baby die?
  8. 8. Did the baby simply go barefoot or was the baby never able to walk?
  9. 9. <ul><li>Is the narrator </li></ul><ul><li>the mother? </li></ul><ul><li>the father? </li></ul><ul><li>the sibling? </li></ul><ul><li>the former baby? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Is the story about the end of childhood? </li></ul><ul><li>The end of parenthood? </li></ul><ul><li>The end of innocence or justice or happiness or all of the above? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Define a synonym: ( syn·o·nym) </li></ul><ul><li>A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another. </li></ul><ul><li>joyful, elated, glad </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Synonyms can be any part of speech (e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs or prepositions), as long as both members of the pair are the same part of speech. </li></ul><ul><li>synonyms do express similar meanings but they also vary according to connotation, register, and sound/rhythm. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>2. Consider the similarities and differences within word groups on the basis: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Connotation : the emotional or personal associations the word carries, beyond its literal definition . </li></ul><ul><li>b. Register : the level of formality or informality associated with the word . </li></ul><ul><li>c. Sound and rhythm : the way words sounds can contribute to their appropriateness . </li></ul>
  14. 15. Your Turn <ul><li>Create a six word memoir, taking into account word choice and message. </li></ul>
  15. 16. 6 Word Memoirs
  16. 17. Questions taken from: <ul><li>http:// files.harpercollins.com/OMM/NotQuiteTG.html </li></ul>

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