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Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Word Matrix student interactive
- Video: Six-Word Memoirs: The Video Story
- Video: Six Word Memoirs by Teens
- Video: Six-Word Memoirs, the book
- Video: “Six Tips for Writing Six-Word Memoirs”
- Computers with Internet access
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Learning About Language
Explore the similarities and differences among words typically considered synonyms with this tool that allows middle- and secondary-level students organize groups of words by connotation on one axis and by register on another.
Grades 6 – 12 | Mobile App | Learning About Language
Explore the similarities and differences among words typically considered synonyms with this mobile app that allows middle- and secondary-level students organize groups of words by connotation on one axis and by register on another.
- Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine
This site includes six-word memoirs written by a variety of authors on life stories. Also included are videos about the memoirs and information about Six-Word Memoir books.
On this site, students can explore memoirs and join thousands of storytellers to have a chance to be in a future book of Six-Word Memoirs.
- Six-Word Memoir Wiki
This wiki includes six-word memoir films created by students, for students.
- Locate one or more copies of the Six-Word Memoir books. Familiarize yourself with the content within the book(s). You may wish to choose a few memoirs to share with and/or point out to the students.
- Preview the following videos and decide which you will show and/or are appropriate for your students:
- Test the Word Matrix student interactive and make sure that you have the appropriate software installed for it to run effectively. You will need computers with internet access for each student to use this interactive. If computer accessibility is a problem, print out paper copies of the interactive and make enough copies for each student. If you need additional help with this interactive, please visit our Technical Help page.
- Photocopy the Choosing the Best Word: Six-Word Memoirs handout for students.
- Familiarize yourself with the ideas of synonyms, connotation, register, and sound/rhythm. Additional teacher information on synonyms and language can be found in a variety of articles from English Journal, Vol. 97, No. 4, March 2008, with the issue theme “Teaching Spelling and Vocabulary in High School.”