Six- Word Memoir What’s your story?
What is a memoir? • A memoir is a special kind of autobiography, usually involving a public portion of the author’s life as it relates to a person, historic event, or thing. The text is about the personal knowledge and/or experiences of the author. • Examples: • Night by Elie Wiesel • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank • Persepolis by MarjaneSatrapi • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
What is a Six- Word Memoir? • What do students consider to be their “life story”? Would they need to write a novel to explain everything, or could they tell about one event that helped shape them as a person? • http://www.smithmag.net/sixwordbook/2010/09/13/video-six-tips-for-writing-six-word-memoirs/ • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejndNExso9M
Discussion Questions • After reading/seeing some six-word memoirs, what surprises you about this form? • What do you think the pros/cons of writing a memoir only using six words are? • Which were your favorites out of the ones we saw?
Now It’s your turn! • You will now be writing your own six-word memoir! • You will be given time in class to brainstorm and choose which one best suits you. • We will share some later!
Tips for Writing your memoir • You need to get your point across in ONLY six words • Your words are valuable and have meaning; don’t waste them! • If you are stumped as far as words go, use a thesaurus; it might give you some ideas
Extra Credit • 3 Points Extra Credit if you go online to http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords and publish your effort. Print a copy as proof and turn that copy in