School Lesson Plan Example for Six-Word Memoirs Teaches Students How to Tell Their Own Stories

Junius Wright is a Six-Word veteran and a language arts teacher at Academic Magnet High School in Charlestown, SC. Junius has been incorporating Six-Word Memoirs and videos into his lesson plans for creativity and innovation for his creative writing classes to 10th, 11th and 12th graders since 2007.

Junius’s Six-Word Memoir classroom lesson plan example includes activities that build creativity in schools and help students focus on the following three areas: text, typeface, and image. In this example of a creative thinking activity, each student is required to create a Six-Word Memoir that successfully merges this visual trio, while also communicating a central concept in six words.

As Junius’s students found out, this detailed lesson plan example is not nearly as simple as it sounds. Talk about creativity in the classroom and innovative lessons! Junius has his students study things like high frequency vowels (a,e, and i) and low frequency vowels (o and u) and how they contribute to the meaning of a word. This fundamental lesson then segues to the importance of typeface in conveying subliminal messages, whether for corporate logos, advertisements for political campaigns, etc. “Students then collaborate online through a wikispaces site to draft, peer edit and revise, their Six-Word Memoirs,” Junius says. “Finally students combine their memoirs into a film and vote for the song they believe to best support the overall theme.”

The 2011 Six-Word Memoir Film

Curious to see Six-Word memoir videos from years past? They can all be found on the wikispace Junius set up:

Although these features usually focus predominantly on six-words in the classroom from the teacher’s point of view, Junius collected sixes from a sampling of his students about their thoughts on the six-in-the-classroom phenomena. Honest, humorous and decidedly straightforward, the following sixes transport us to a world where learning isn’t stale and education isn’t static but instead mutable, constantly evolving, changing for the better.

   Helped me find my inner self. -Lexi
   Honestly, I just really enjoyed it. -Margo.
   It was pretty cool, I guess. -Arden.
   Very challenging and ever so rewarding. -Elizabeth.
   Six words is not nearly enough. -Chase.

Junius has not only taught Six-Word Memoirs as a part of his classroom curriculum for years, but he’s also the creator of the Visual Literacy Project, a program that emphasizes the importance of visual media as a learning device in the traditional classroom. As the inspired video above clearly shows, visual artistry is the perfect compliment to the short, sweet Six-Word Memoir form. It’s nice to see a teacher not only talking about innovation and modernizing the classroom, but turning ideas into concrete, daily lesson plans and then implementing them.