Now that you've brainstormed, drafted some possible 6-word memoirs, and received some feedback, it's time to edit, revise, and PUBLISH!
Task: Choose ONE of your six-word memoirs and illustrate it.
Step 1 --> Use the feedback you've received to help you edit and revise until you have a polished six-word story.
Step 2 --> Find or create an image that works WITH your words to tell more of the story.
This image might be a drawing, a photograph, something you found on the internet (write down where you found it!), something you cut out of a magazine, etc. Get creative!
To be prepared for class, bring your brainstorming, your drafts, AND your illustrated six-word memoir. Make sure that for your illustrated memoir, you can check off the following three things:
___ The six-word memoir is properly capitalized, spelled, and punctuated.
___ The memoir hints at a STORY, not just a statement of facts.
___ The image illustrates the memoir: the text and the image work together to tell the story.
___ The image and text are placed together on a piece of paper at least 8.5” x 11” (printer paper).
In class, you will be presenting your work. Make sure you can EXPLAIN how the words + illustration work together to tell your story. Also make sure you can EXPLAIN your writing process for this assignment, using the academic language we reviewed this week, i.e. how did you brainstorm, how many drafts, what kind of feedback did you receive, what editing and revising did you do, etc.). You will be graded out of 16 points on the following rubric:
A, B, and D blocks, illustrated memoir is due on Friday 9/25 - you will begin class presentations that day. Be prepared! (16 points)
E and G blocks, illustrated memoir is due on Monday 9/28 - you will begin class presentations that day. Be prepared! (16 points)
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The above 6 words are said to be a story written by Ernest Hemingway - the shortest of short stories. While they certainly don't provide all the details, those six words imply both character and conflict, and carry a powerful tone of loss which is conveyed through diction and punctuation.
Your task is to begin the process of composing your own "six-word memoir"! A memoir is a creatively-told narrative that reveals a true event or sequence of events in your life.
Step 1: Brainstorm!
--> Your goal is to come up with a list of experiences, challenges, accomplishments, etc. that capture some part of your story (stories) - something that has impacted or showcases who you are. (You may want to use the list of "tribes" you belong to, which you compiled after reading Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, as a starting point!)
Step 2: Draft!
--> Compose at least 5 six-word memoirs. They may all attempt to capture the same story, or they may each refer to different moments in your life. Play around with your diction (word choice) and your use of punctuation marks to get as much as possible out of those six words!
Brainstorm & drafts are due at the beginning of class on Monday, 9/21. (10 pts.)
Write a letter introducing yourself to Ms. Rush. The letter may be typed or hand-written.
Your letter should be 1 – 2 pages long, and it should begin with a salutation and end with an appropriate closing.
Things to include in your letter:
- Your family background (Where are you from? Who are the important figures in your life?)
- Your educational background (Who are you as a student?)
- Your passions/interests/skills/hobbies/languages (What do you enjoy? What are you good at?)
- Your personality (What kind of person are you?)
- Your expectations this year for our class, for yourself, and for Ms. Rush
*Let your writing flow naturally, using paragraphs to move from one topic or idea to the next.
This letter does not have to be formal in tone, like an essay, but it IS the first piece of your writing that you will be submitting, so be thoughtful about your word choice and grammar, and look over your work before handing it in.
Your letter is due by class time on Wednesday 9/16. (10 pts.)
(D block, bring letter on Thursday 9/17.)
Click HERE for a copy of Ms. Rush's letter and the assignment.
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Make sure you are signed up by Wednesday 9/16 for an extra credit opportunity! (3 pts.)
Please read over your syllabus with an adult family member. Jot down any questions you may have! When you are both clear on the information provided, please sign at the bottom, detach the signature portion, and return to Ms. Rush by 9/11. (2 pts. )
Click HERE for another copy of the syllabus if you need it.