Hi, I’m Larry 👋
Six-Words has traveled to so many people, places, and organizations since I first pose the question, "Can you describe your life in six words? But no part of this Six-Word Memoir journey has been more meaningful to me than the way educators have embraced and introduced the six-word format to their classrooms.
That's why I'm delighted for you to teach a six-word lesson using our toolkits and hopefully give your students a chance to create their six-word story and become a published author.
Big Hair, Big Heart, Big Hurry.
Founder of Six-Word Memoirs
Our teacher toolkits are adaptable for both in classroom activities and fully remote learning environments.
From bell work to longer narratives, the beauty of the six-word format is its adaptability and seamless integration into every imaginable learning topic.
Help children develop confidence, empathy, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills as they create and share their stories.
“I’ve used Six-Word Memoirs in my class for many years and the limitation of six words forces students to break big ideas down to smaller bites, think deeper about their stories, and unlock personal expression. In my classroom, I’ve seen kids work through writer's block; in just thirty minutes they feel like they have accomplished something.”
“The six-word approach was a way for my students to express themselves without writing a long narrative, one that may not speak to the reader as strongly as their Six-Word Memoir. Above all, they thought hard about their word choice, punctuation, and how they could illustrate the emotion/tone they wanted to express.”
“The day I used Six-Word Memoirs was the day my students came alive. Finally, being free to not only write long narratives helped them to discover the essence of themselves and the heart of their writing.”
“Six-Word Memoirs bring out the best in my students. They are able to showcase their creativity and personal experience in a humorous, fun-loving way, but may also choose to display deeper, more complex emotions if they so choose.”
“We often think of creativity as being open, free of rules with room to explore. But one thing that struck me when writing Six-Word Memoirs is that having strict parameters can sometimes lead to even more creative thinking!”
“Six-Word Memoirs is the perfect site to be ‘published’ while being creative.”
"The Six-Word Memoir is the perfect instrument for students to exercise their self-awareness in meaningful ways. Having this type of personal success on the first assignment of the school year sets the tone of the year on a positive and productive path."
“They feel liberated by having to only produce six words in a concise, poetic format. This is especially important to dyslexic students as they have experienced angst and ridicule surrounding written expression and quantity has been an encumbrance.”
“Six-Word Memoirs has just taught me that if you sit long enough with a kid and you ask the right questions and you challenge them in the right ways, you will hear a story that you probably never would have imagined."
“Many students in our class shared deeply personal experiences in their Six-Word Memoirs, and sharing them helped to bring our class closer together and build a team spirit.”
“Six-Word Memoirs taught us a lot about our students and also taught the kids that efficiency of language can be a powerful way to make a point or share something poignant about themselves.”