Do you know what a Six-Word Memoir is? Six word memoirs are sometimes sad, often funny — and always concise. See additional examples
Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."
I’ve used 6 Word Memoirs with both students and teachers. I will post some examples.
Write a Six-Word memoir about yourself as an Intel Teach educator. If you choose to use this activity with your students or other teachers, come back and post some examples in this thread. Feel free to share pictures that match your 6 words.
Inspired innovator that keeps on learning.
Once lost but now I see.
The best is yet to come
I love this. I can even envision the students making word clouds out of their memoirs. It would be fun to see if other students could match the "story" with the student who wrote it. This is a great, simple activity that would bring writing into every subject, but yet requires some higher order thinking skills.
This sort of ties in with something I found to use in a class I taught. I found this online site that allows students to create an "I Am" poem. http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/iampoem.htm. I know there are a lot of poetry sites out there, but this one was used in conjunction with Voicethread so it really jumped out at me.
Thanks for starting this post.....now off to write my memoir.
Thanks for the poem resource. I will check it out. On the same note, I actually had students and teachers do a "Who Am I" 6 word memoir for our community stories project. We used Wordle to make a word cloud out of their memoir. We also used Picnik in another activity. Students drew pictures of themselves, uploaded them to Picnik and then added their 6 Word Memoirs to it. With the students, I used PBworks and gave each student a student page and their 6 Word Memoir and their picture was the first thing they had on their wiki page. They then used it as an electronic portfolio throughout the year. I've also done it with students and teachers in science. They had to describe themselves as a scientists using 6 words.
My kids just wrote "Who Am I or Where I am From" poems. This would be a great way for them to summarize. I loved the poems and think this would be one more way for the kids to think about themselves. Don't you know it's harder to write something short than something long? Or maybe for the twitter, texting generations it is not.
Somebody who twits or texts, can you tell me?
I love this. I had never heard about six-word memoirs. I have seen them in many places but never knew what to call them. Here is mine:
Technology trainer, teachers inspired, students engaged.
This was fun and I will definitely share this with our teachers. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for this thread Vanessa. I enjoyed reading the offerings. I have recently facilitated and Essentials course fraught with connectivity problems (See "My First Engage Group"). In the light of this here is my offering:
Enthusiastic facilitator, no connectivity, now deflated.
I created this Wordle to help students understand the process of Photosynthesis. I've found students often struggle with the idea that more molecules of Water, Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen are involved than molecules of Sugar. The Wordle (IMHO) shows by size of the terms how much more these terms are found in the process. Photosynthesis is shown as: CO2 + H2O --> C6H12O6 + 6O2.
I appreciate the thinking you put into the concept of "Eager 2 Learn ... Eager 2 Share." Students who enjoy their learning experience so often are excited to share that learning with others. As educators, it is important that we identify methods that will encourage students to become eagerly involved in learning and motivate them to share that learning with others. I'm interested in methods you have found successful in helping students become eager learners.
I try to allow them many different opportunities and venues to display their knowledge and creativity. I want movies and wikipages in response to literature and not worksheets. We are lucky and have had the opportunity to Skype with a class from New York. We are sharing wikipage space with students from Germany. They are creating online games as test review, etc.
What a great activity Vanessa! I am going to use this in a workshop across the pond in a couple of weeks. Thanks so much for sharing
Energized, enthusiastic, enthralled to keep teaching.......
Tootin' technology-integrated teaching around the world......(a hyphenated word counts as one, right??)
Just a quick FYI. Your teachers can embed their Wordles here within the commuity. Just follow these steps:
That way everyone share at the same time without having to save images and such. Easy Cheesy Lemon Squeezy. LOL! Have next week.
Since my family is multi-lingual I challenged them to create six-word memoirs in their language. I've included them here for you to consider. (In order they are Dutch, Russian, and Portuguese.) I like the idea of Foreign Languages as Vanessa suggested. I'll be sharing this with our Foreign Language department tomorrow!
Remember that Wordle is fun, like all Web 2.0 tools. As an educator, I am always looking for ways that these tools can enrich my student's learning. One of my favorite activities is to have students take notes during a video and "tally" the number of times a term is used. These words are later entered in Wordle (copied and pasted to match the tally marks.) When the Wordle is printed, students have commented "Look at what is most important!"
A peer has his students paste their essays into Wordle. It is quickly evident what words are used most often - and if some should be changed. Several students commented "Wow ... look 'Like' is the biggest word on this page!"
As someone who is consistently looking for ways to extend pedagogy, I interested to hear how others have used Wordle to extend student.
Glen, I had a colleague who had students put entire paragraphs into Wordle. My question would be, is it as accurate, as say, the writing reviser in the SAS Curriculum Resource site. I know Wordle is not developed for that same purpose, but do you think it is a viable option for some. And besides, it really is more fun than the writing reviser.
I've not used the writing revisor on the SAS Curriculum site. Wordle (and all other word cloud generators) were probably not designed with this intent ... but if it hooks a child on writing . From what I can tell ... unless the message has too many words, these Wordle is pretty accurate in sorting words based on the number of times each is used. I think any teacher who uses such "engaging tools" with his/her classroom is bound to have students excited about the process they are involved in.
Besides "fun", "writing check", and "importance of word usage" what other ways do you see Word Cloud generation being helpful in the classroom?
Vanessa - Thanks so much for the link to NPR's Six Word Memoirs! I'm enjoying these stories. Somewhere way back, I read Hemingway's six word memoir: For sale baby shoes. Never worn. I enjoy projects where there's limits. Creativity happens when you're in "the box", when you have restraints. I find that student work is much better when they have limits. One minute is more than enough time for most student movies.This project reminds me of Flickr's Tell a Story in Five Frames http://www.flickr.com/groups/visualstory/ . Here's the guidelines for that project:
1st photo: establish characters and location.
2nd photo: create a situation with possibilities of what might happen.
3rd photo: involve the characters in the situation.
4th photo: build to probable outcomes
5th photo: have a logical, but surprising, end.
Thanks again Vanessa, you provide us with and endless supply of wondrous things.
This is an excellent example of telling a story in five picture frames! I think this demonstrates how much information can be conveyed using just images. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I'm now considering how this might be applied to my science class this year.
Vanessa, despite the Digital Storytelling course I took with you last summer, I was still not confident enough to use the tools with my students. I believe that participating in this course will provide me with the reinforcement of those skills, and more, to tackle this challenge full on.
BTW: "hafa adai" is the customary greeting in CHamoru, the native language of Guam.
These six pictures shows the evolution of educational technology which I encourage my student to tell a story out of this pictures.
I am EXCITED to use the technology that ENGAGES my students to EXPLORE their world so that they can EXPLAIN their thinking and EVALUATE their findings, thus EXTENDING their new learning. I used Big Huge Labs for my 6 word memoir.
Here is my wordle. We've seen how technology can be used to create revolution. We've seem how technology can be used to gather people. We still haven't see the peace that is possible if technology is used.
Here is my Six-Word Memoir. I used Wordle.net and Smilebox.com site to add additional photos and music.
Several of you used Picnik to create yoru 6 Word Memoirs....News..