6.7.09

Six words memoirs about personally influential people (without names)

I teach high school level English classes at a private school in New Orleans. I often use "six-word memoirs" in the classroom. The idea is simple. Ask your students to describe themselves in six words. It has to be six! Articles count. You can extend it to include a six-word description of a person, an object, a place (really, anything) only using six words. Here are some model six-word "stories" I made about people I know. 
A prose roster of influential people using the seven-word memoir concept:
He is my occasional problem solver.
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A woman to a special man.
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A gentle giant whom I love.
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A sweet soul soon to blossom.
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We would have babies together but...
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Amazing: different paths but still friends.
She teaches me Library Science know-how.
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In desire, I play dead! Sucks!
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A spit of French and red.
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A caustic soul: will he bloom?
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His crushes are epic and sudden.
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Have never met: only in dreams.
Unfortunately, he is the secret keeper.
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A child-man with a new soul.
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This guy is no longer haunted.
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Brother for true to each other.
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Taught the wonders of boolean operators.
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The best lunches ever: learned tons.

Here's another variation on this theme: 500 People in 100 seconds.
A librarian sent this to me. Check out the three-layered story structure. Very cool. Kudos for creativity and fun.

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