Tuesday, January 10th (ELA 6/7)

Legend has it that when Ernest Hemingway, a very well-known author, was once challenged to write a story in six words, he came up with, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” This short, short six-word memoir often initiated questions and left many readers wanting to know more about this individual. Inspired by Hemingway’s short, short story, others began creating their own six-word memoirs. You will get to experience this today!


I showed you a variety of examples (as shown above) and a couple of video clips to show off original six-word memoirs written by teens. The videos are attached below.

After looking at a variety of examples, we discussed the criteria that makes the best six-word memoirs and added it to the mini-lesson portion of our writer’s notebooks.

Effective Six-Word Memoir Tips:

  • Don’t give away the whole story
  • Are not cheesy or cliche
  • Are real, deep, and intense
  • Leaves the reader with questions
  • Makes you think about a subject/the person differently
  • Are relatable

We first did practice using our selected character from Seedfolks. As a whole-class, we used this Six Word Memoir Brainstorming Guide to complete the process. In small-groups, you used the brainstormed ideas in order to develop a six-word memoir.

Afterwards, you were given time to brainstorm your own six-word memoirs. These six-word memoirs you brainstormed today will be turned into a creative PicCollage and submitted to me. Your assignment should be creative, relevant, and contribute to the meaning of your memoir. Your Six Word Memoir Expectations Rubric will be a helpful too in creating this assignment.

After being exposed to these forms of writing, you should have learned that sometimes it is good to get your point across as briefly as possible. Even though it is often difficult, it is important to pare down your writing to the necessary and strongest details!


  • Fishbowl Group #2: Written explanation and wiki review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • Read!
  • Six-Word Memoir (Due Monday)

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