Activity: Six Word Memoir

Adapted From:
__http://www.edutopia.org/blog/clarity-brevity-6-word-memoirs-jonathan-olsen__
__http://digitalis.nwp.org/site-blog/making-writingwriting-making-six-word-me/4744__

Video: __http://youtu.be/ejndNExso9M__
Additional video: http://youtu.be/nCJyUMHaL_g

Purpose:
The purpose of this activity is to build trust, get to know one another, and explore who we are as individuals and a group.

Process:
Begin a discussion in your team room.
  • Participants will create a memoir limited to 6 words. A visual representation of the memoir is encouraged as it provides an additional layer to understanding it. Music may be an additional accompaniment.
  • Memoirs are posted in the discussion.


Discussion Directions:
  • Consider a defining moment in your life, or something that you stand for or love, or something that has an an impact on you. Use 6 words to craft your memoir about that time/ideal/event/feeling.
    • Memoir (from French: mémoire: memoria, meaning memory or reminiscence), is a literary nonfiction genre. More specifically, it is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private that took place in the author's life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. While memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of autobiography since the late 20th century, the genre is differentiated in form, presenting a narrowed focus. Like most autobiographies, memoirs are written from the first-person point of view. An autobiography tells the story of a life, while memoir tells a story from a life, such as touchstone events and turning points from the author's life. The author of a memoir may be referred to as a memoirist. (__http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoir__)
  • Create or find a visual image to accompany your memoir. (photo, image, drawing, video clip).
    • To find an image:

  • Upload your memoir from your computer to the group space by using the image icon.


Other Possible Uses
  • At the end of a course to compose a memoir of you as a reflection.
  • As a futuristic memoir, such as what will you memoir look like in the future as you (design thinking, reflect)