How to use sixwordmemoirs.com:

1. Create a list that fills the page with words. (Brainstorming ideas about yourself, life experiences or imagine a situation)
2. Choose 2-3 of those ideas that inspire you to say more. From those items you've circled select one and free write about it for a few minutes.

3. Develop a six-word phrase that captures your writing.
4. Go to sixwordmemoir.com and create an account.

To do so, you can register with your Twitter account or you can press Register sign in at the top right corner of the site and enter your nickname, your email, a password and press register:

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You’ll get an email to confirm your registration, you must press Yes, I confirm my registration, and that’s it, you have got your account!
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5. Once you've got your account, type your phrase in the part that reads: SAY IT IN SIX.
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6. Once you have your memoir ready, press “SAY IT.” Now you just need to select the topic your memoir is about.
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7. Optional: You can look for a personal picture in your phone/tablet/etc. or you can look for a picture on the Web that represents your memoir; you can add a backstory to your memoir, too!
To do so, you must press Examinar and search for an image in your computer or phone and you can type a backstory in the part that reads “ADD A BACKSTORY”
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8. When you are ready, press publish, AND VOILA!
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You can also share my how to guide on snapguide.com: https://snapguide.com/guides/use-sixwordmemoirscom/#published


Lesson Plan: Six word memoirs

Class​ : Adults (but you can adapt the lesson to all ages)
Level: Pre-intermediate
Communicative Goal​ : ​Writing memoirs/stories using only six words
Recycled Language: Life experiences, anecdotes, etc.


Activation: (10 minutes)

T will stick the following phrases on the Bb and say that the following are all short stories:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

— Hemingway

I am a nobody for everybody.
—Bronx New School 3rd Grader
They are two parts . . . so what?
—Bronx New School 5th Grader
They split and harshly lied. Why?
—Bronx New School 5th Grader
I love it when it's dismissal.
—Bronx New School 4th Grader

Then, T will ask Ss to read all of them and to find what all the short stories have in common. T will give Ss 3 minutes to think, tops, and if they do not get that all stories have six words, T will give them a clue like “ What about the length of the stories?” Once, they get the answer, T will show Ss the following video which is an introduction to the mobile app:

**https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZOxhHXZW6o**

After watching the video, T will ask her Ss to take out their phones and go to any dictionary (Oxford, Cambridge, etc.) and look for the word memoir and all together come up with a definition of the word.

Memoir: a written **record** of a usually **famous** person’s own **life** and **experiences** (Cambridge dictionary)




Application: (20/25 minutes)

T will explain that the class is going to use the website sixwordmemoirs.com to practice writing in a different way using their phones (only iphones), netbooks, notebooks, etc. (T will make sure to ask for them in advance the previous class so everybody or most of them have a device to work with)
Ss are expected to tell personal anecdotes or experiences using only six words.
Ss will be asked to explore the app and read some previous memoirs displayed there. T will encourage Ss to write comments on the ones they like, if they want to.
Then, T will ask Ss to think about their lives’ experiences (or they can use their imagination to invent a story) and brainstorm words in connection with them. T will write the following steps on the Bb for those who want some more guidelines (or T can share the snapguide about six word memoir with Ss):

Steps to write a six word memoir:
  1. Create a “you” list- fill the page.
  2. Circle 2-3 items that inspire you to say more.
  3. From those items you circled, select one.
  4. Freewrite about it for at least two minutes.
  5. Develop a 6-word phrase that captures a sense of your writing.
  6. Once you have your memoir ready, press “SAY IT.” Now you just need to select the topic your memoir is about.
  7. Optional: You can look for a personal picture in your phone/tablet/etc. or you can look for a picture on the Web that represents your memoir; you can add a backstory to your memoir, too!
  8. When you are ready, press publish, and that’s it!

Ss will write individually or in pairs/groups for some minutes.

T will ask each student ( or group) to share their memoir with the rest of the class. All the memoirs will be on the webpage and T will again encourage Ss to make comments on their classmates’ memoirs.

Reflection: (5/10 minutes)
T will ask Ss their opinion on the activity:

  1. How did you feel using sixwordmemoirs.com?
  2. Did you enjoy writing a memoir?
  3. Was it difficult to write using only six words?
  4. Would you continue to write memoirs using the app for practice/ as a hobbie?
  5. Would you continue to read memoirs from other people?