Six Word Memoirs

Getting ready for FCAT testing here in FL we have really been studying the structure of sentences this week. The students were asked to find five ‘”beautiful” sentences and bring them to class. We had a sentence gallery, each student wrote their sentence on the board and we discussed them, why they thought that sentence was beautiful, intriguing, why it caught their eye, and so on. Then they had to take a sentence off the board and paraphrase it. We required them to use all different words but keep the same meaning. For some it was easy and other, more in-depth sentences it was harder.

Today and yesterday we tasked the students with writing six word memoirs. I found this activity to be fun, creative, and sometimes mysterious! For some examples I found this website to be helpful in showing the students what is expected. This activity is quick and easy and generally fun. We even had them put their memoirs on half sheets of paper and decorate them with drawings or by cutting pictures out of magazines.

Here are a few examples that I made up for myself:

Never sitting, always on the go.

Many changes over many short years.

Nomadic sorta life, stress and strife.

Working hard to keep achieving goals.

You can find many examples online or you can actually buy many versions of the book, the newest one can be found here.

And a teen version here!

This is a fun activity for all, try writing one yourself!

Here is what the bulletin board looks like with some of the student examples!


This one I found amusing; from a ninth grader.


And I too am a pintrest addict!



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  1. Hi, My name is Liz Crowder and I work for SMITH Magazine, home of the Six-Word Memoir. We have a Classroom of the Week write up we do pretty regularly where we feature classrooms that utilize the six-word format in their lesson plans. I was wondering if I might feature your class?? If you are interested, feel free to e-mail me at so I can tell you a little bit more about what I would need from you. It’s super informal, and painless. 🙂 Lastly, here’s a link to the last classroom write up I did:

    Thanks so much in advance. Hope to hear from you soon!


    Liz Crowder

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