Six Word Memoir (Perfect for first week or Identity Unit)

Rated 4.78 out of 5, based on 330 reviews
330 Ratings
Spark Creativity
Grade Levels
7th - 12th
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What educators are saying

My students were engaged during this lesson. I found it interesting how they would describe themselves.
My students loved working on this assignment after reading a few chapters of a memior. They were able to practice with the character in the book first and then create one for themselves.


The six word memoir is a quick and creative way to get students thinking and writing about their own lives.

Whether you use it for an icebreaker (which makes a great display!) at the start of school or as part of an identity or personal narrative unit, this engaging activity pulls together reflection, writing and visuals to produce a memorable moment of connection with your student writers.

UPDATED FOR 2020 DISTANCE LEARNING: This curriculum set now comes with a Google drive link to an editable version of the student instructions and handouts. I hope that's helpful!

From the Reviews:

"I'll be using this during the first week of school with my sophomores. I've done six-word memoirs with my students before, but I love that you have added an artistic element. I also appreciate the short reflection assignment, as reflection is a very important part of my classroom culture. Thanks!"

"Great activity to use during the first week. Will be using as a lead in to a 5 paragraph essay. Thanks!"

"Easy to use. Open-ended enough to allow creativity."

Here's what's inside:

  • Clear project instructions
  • Two template options to help students combine their words and imagery
  • An optional reflection to extend the writing process once the six word memoirs are complete

Please check out the preview to see the handouts in detail.

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Total Pages
4 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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