So many times, teachers of upper grades struggle with some creative idea to display student work for Open Houses or Parent Conferences. Recently, a series of books has been published based on the idea of a six-word memoir. Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser's books include six-word memoirs from writers "famous and obscure", including one by teens called I Can't Keep My Own Secrets, and the original collection, entitled Not Quite What I Was Planning. The idea is for students to express their "soul" in six words (anonymously). This 3-dimensional and interactive display allows parents to see student work and even contribute to the display if they are inspired to do so. This is also a great way to get to know your students' mindsets and attitudes as a group. Samples of some of my students' six-word memoirs are included.