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Six Word Memoir

English7/7H Includes examples, guidelines, and explanations of what makes a memoir strong, mediocre, or weak.
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Transcript of Six Word Memoir

What is a memoir? If you're not sure what a memoir is, ask yourself what word it reminds you of. MEMOIR The word “memoir” has the same root as “memory.”
A memoir tells an autobiographical story of an event or major theme in a person’s life. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. Oftentimes memoirs are written in a format similar to a novel or a short story. These memoirs invite the reader into a slice of the writer's life... However, as we all know, some of the best authors like to break the rules.
Not every memoir is written in the format of a novel or short story…. Ernest Hemingway Meet An American author, journalist, and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Ernest Hemingway is a renowned writer. In the 1920's, it is rumored that Hemingway's fellow writers bet him that he couldn't write a story in just six words. According to legend, they paid up. Hemingway's six word story has become famous in English Literature. For sale: baby shoes, never used. A six-word memoir tells a story about an event, feeling, or other important aspect of the writer’s life. Make a list of facts about yourself. * Where do you live?
* How many siblings do you have?
* What are your favorite things to do?
* What are your favorite foods?
* What feelings do you have?
* What is an important event in your life? Don’t worry about spelling or grammar when writing your list. Don’t worry about how your words will turn into a memoir. Just write! Now, choose a word or two (or more!) from your list.

In SIX WORDS, summarize some aspect of who you are or an event that has changed your life.

Use mainly nouns and verbs! Be specific.
Be honest.
Forget the thesaurus.
Use your speaking voice.
Experiment with structure.
Don’t try too hard. Just write
from your heart. Six Tips for Great Six-Word Memoirs SOLs stress me out. Breathe, Jen. Yes No

Updating Facebook status… does anyone care? Yes No

My family’s banned from Wal-Mart forever. Yes No
 
Facebook: addicting waste of my time. Yes No

Being thirteen’s hard. Thirty’ll be better. Yes No

Wanting acceptance: accepting not being wanted. Yes No

Don’t text and drive. Believe me. Yes No Is It Autobiographical? Once you have chosen your SIX WORDS for your memoir, you will make a two-slide PowerPoint.

The first slide will be your memoir, an illustration the supports the topic or theme, your name, and a photo of yourself.

On the second slide, you will write a one-paragraph explanation of your memoir. What does it mean? How is it about you? You will also include an illustration the supports the topic or theme, your name, and a photo of yourself. Example
Memoirs Susan Jacobs My parents divorced when I was ten years old. Not only was my time split between my parents, but so was my heart. While it might have been their marriage that split, I felt, and still feel, like it was ME that was split in half. Susan Jacobs This is an example of a strong
six-word memoir.
This memoir is about an important event in the author’s life.
The memoir is only six words- no longer, no shorter.
The memoir includes a graphic that supports the topic/theme.
The second slide includes an explanation of what the memoir means and how it relates to the author.
The memoir includes the graphic, a photo of the author, and the author’s name on both slides.
The presentation is correct according to the assignment guidelines. Chris Jones Scored a goal;
felt very proud. When I was seven, I scored my first goal in a soccer game. I felt very proud. I had never scored a goal before and was very excited. Now, I’ve scored lots of goals in lots of games. This is an example of a mediocre
six-word memoir.
This memoir is about an event in the author’s life. Is this really an important event, though?
The memoir is six words- no longer, no shorter.
The memoir includes a graphic that supports the topic/theme.
The second slide includes an explanation of what the memoir means and how it relates to the author. The explanation is not strong, though. It doesn’t support that this was an important event.
The memoir includes the graphic, a photo of the author, and the author’s name on one slide.
The presentation is mostly correct according to the assignment guidelines. I’m a cheerleader and like it. I think it is fun. But it is hard. This is an example of a weak
six-word memoir.
This memoir is not about the author; it is about cheerleading in general.
The memoir is not six words. The + is not a word. In fact, the assignment guidelines state that symbols (&, +, @, etc.) should not be used.
The memoir does include a graphic that supports the topic/theme.
The second slide includes an explanation of what the memoir means, but the explanation is weak.
The memoir includes the graphic, but it is missing a photo of the author and the author’s name.
The presentation is partly correct according to the assignment guidelines.  
REMEMBER: If you do not want your memoir displayed, please clearly include this symbol in the lower right-hand corner of your explanation slide.
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