10-second review: Based on an idea from the book, Not Quite What I was Planning: Six word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. R Fershleiser and L Smith. New York: Harper Perennial, 2008. Print.
Summary: At the beginning of the course, students write six-word memoirs. Purpose is to help students in the class get to know each other. They read examples of six-word memoirs. The students write them and add them to a poster.
Here are some examples taken from http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/>
“Constantly seeking the coldest pillow spot.” Kelly-Keith.
“Perfect guy. Bad timing. Heart re-broken.” Derbygirl.
“My life revolves around never knowing.” marsTS.
“Survived terrible upbringing. Life’s getting better.” Jodeyemom.
Comment: Here’s my six-word memoir: “Loved teaching writing; became administrator: blah.” RayS.
Title: “Using Six-Word Memoirs As an Icebreaker and Introduction to the Writing Process.” J Yohe. Teaching English in the Two-Year College (September 2010), 80-81.