SIX WORD MEMOIR Examples:
Remember to focus on the six words that represent who you are RIGHT NOW.
One Tree Hill saved my life.
Half sister doesn’t know I’m alive.
Born in the wrong decade, man.
I own nine pair of Converse.
My name will be remembered someday.
Born 1992. Unhappy. Adopted 2007. Happy.
Rather be alone in my room.
I only tell the truth in journals.
I seriously love bean burritos.
Can’t chew gum without blowing bubbles.
They screamed “nobody.” I believed them.
Contemplated joining circus. Foolishly chose college.
Spent more time reading than living.
I’d rather be eating a cheeseburger.
Dreams too big for this town.
I’m still scared of a B+.
Current status on life equals wallflower.
Sick of being the good child.
I sold all my Barbie dolls.
Pen to paper; all I need.
Turned thirteen and don’t feel different.
I am almost always missing something.
Finally learned “weird” is a compliment.
I wish “Sir” was “Dad” instead.
Autistic brothers give the best hugs.
Braces were sucky, perfect teeth now.
Iraq doesn’t need you. I do.
Follow your dreams. Not your parents.
Wish I could color outside the lines.
Defined by numbers: age, weight, SATs.
Tween trying to understand MMS life.
Nothing’s wrong with me. It’s you.
Nerdy, obsessive, awkward. SO much fun.
Learned to play piano without teacher.
“The good daughter” and therefore invisible.
Late to school every single day.
Thankfully, running took over my life.
I’m just standing in the background.
ALWAYS HELPING OTHERS. NEVER HELPING MYSELF.
You blog. I bottle it up.
I’m only popular during summer camp.
ME plus brother equals total disaster.
Couldn’t sing, so played the druns.
Basically, all I want is Yale.
Love my dog more than sister.
I miss all my imaginary friends.
I can’t keep my own secrets.
Childhood fantasy: Living in a library.
SIX WORD MEMOIR RUBRIC:
As you write your memoir, remember that it must have a focus.
In writing, focus = meaning.
Think about what you want the reader to understand (about who you are) as a result of reading six words.
This takes time.
Your grade will be based on the following areas:
Your memoir is powerful instead of being a basic description of you. It is centered/focused and has a central idea.
2. Word Choice:
You chose six powerful words that when placed together, create a clear message to the reader- good use of specific nouns and vivid verbs.
Your six word memoir is loud and clear. The reader instantly feels a connection to the writer. (The reader may secretly wish s/he wrote that memoir.)
4. Final draft with Image
You chose the appropriate image/visual and font that compliments the six words memoir and does not distract from your memoir.