Six- word memoirs are a go-to quick writing idea. Do not be disillusioned by their small stature though. They can be difficult to write. Practicing making your language concise is a trying practice for some authors no matter if you are 5 or 50 or somewhere in between.
Here are a couple of examples:
Lost in places where I belong.
I’ve waited in the wrong line.
Lost my mind. Gave up looking.
I’m forcing the puzzle pieces together.
More examples can be found here: https://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/
- Use 6-word summaries for text students have read or you have read aloud.
Examples from Stellaluna
- Fruit bat misses mom and birds.
- Stellaluna has lost identity and mother.
- Friends are different and the same.
2. Have students use the 6 words for their check for understanding for the day or a specific lesson.
3. Use as a recap of the most important thought of the day. Track them over time.
4. At the end of each grading period have students write a 6-word memoir of the most memorable thing. Reflect at the end of the year.
5. Another variation is to write an 18-word memoir from last year (2018) – what sticks out to you?