6 Word Memoirs

STEP 1


Brainstorm some words that describe YOU! Using this worksheet, put together words that you feel describe yourself.
6wordws

STEP 2


After completing this worksheet, use this resource, Triptico Word Magnets
(wait for the NEXT to appear bottom right, click on the triangle there to continue - type in your words separated by spaces, not enter, and choose next - for background choose done)
Play with moving your words around to find 6 words that work well together.
When you find the 6 word combination you like best - write it down on the back of your worksheet.

STEP 3


Sign in to Animoto using the student logins provided by MrsDi.
Using free images from the sources listed below, choose 12 images (2 per word) that represent your 6 words. Add in 6 separate text objects (1 per word).
Choose your music and create your video.
The video will be emailed to MrsDi and will be embedded on the wikipage.

You may not find exact images for your words. Go for the feel of the word. If you can't find zany, look for excited or maybe loud to see if an image fits the feeling you want to evoke with your word. You need a visual representation of the word, it doesn't have to be exact.

Image Sources:

These sites provide images that you can use for free with little to no citation needed. Usually the stipulation is that you are using them for personal or educational use (not making a profit from them).
http://morguefile.com/
http://www.pics4learning.com/
http://www.freephotosbank.com/

These sites have some free images - if you find something you like, note the image number and let MrsDi know as she can download it with a school account. The image you choose must NOT have a watermark on it (those images must be purchased & are not free for our use).
http://www.sxc.hu/
http://www.photogen.com/

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STEP 4


Still working on brainstorming some ideas to extend this activity. Comments are always welcome! As we work with another school to bring our 5th graders together on this, some initial ideas:

  • Have the students comment on videos from other school. Work together first to come up with a review worksheet.

o by school
o by boys/girls
o overall as 5th graders regardless of school

  • Have students watch videos & discuss "how did someone express themselves uniquely?" "what got your attention?"

  • Why did you choose those particular 6 words to describe yourself?

  • Students could email themselves "in the future" with the 6 words and revisit the project to see if they would change their words or not. http://www.futureme.org/ - would love to see them receive the emails as 8th graders and go back to see everything.


Here is an example of a FutureMe email. I just wrote this and sent it to myself - it will arrive on Sep 1, 2011. Having students send something to themselves to prompt for another activity and some reflection could be very interesting. I would have them come up to my PC one at a time and write their email, a teacher could OK it and then it would be sent. Interesting possibilities.

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Dear FutureMe,

In the winter of 2009, you wrote your 6 word memoir as an example for your classes as they worked on their own project ( http://6wordmemoir.wikispaces.com/ ).

Technology geek Mom striving for balance.

Do you think that these 6 words still describe you or would you change something? Have you found the balance you were striving for?

My wish for you - I hope you are happy! Sincerely, PastYou