Second Grade News at
Marla Weber’s second graders
at Exeter-Milligan took a break from their typical regiment of paragraph
writing. Instead, these students were challenged to write a 6-word memoir.
According to legend, Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in just
six words. He accepted the challenge and wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never
worn.” Taking a cue from Hemingway, second grade students at EM accepted the
quest. To accomplish this goal, students began by writing nonstop for five
minutes; listing anything that described themselves or items in which they
showed interest. From this list, students selected just two or three words they
liked best. From these words, their topic was selected. Next, students wrote
for three minutes about this topic; anything that came to mind. Each of these
steps brought students closer to their goal. At the conclusion of this timed
writing, these young writers were prepared to compose their 6 word memoir.
Students learned the power of words. This challenge was more difficult than
students first realized. Second grader, Titus Petersen, said, “At first I
thought it would be easy to think of just six words. Then I realized I have to
choose the right ones.” A story in just six words. Care to take the challenge?
Pictured are the 2nd
graders with their 6-word memoirs:
Front L-R: Braxton Saatmann,
Clayton Pribyl, and Levi Jurgensen
Middle: Deacon Erdkamp,
Richard Hickman, Titus Petersen, Will Kallhoff, and Kalvin Lock.
Back: Addison Foutch, Aaliyah
Million, Scout Grummons, Ava Million, Natalie Meyer, and Ensley Stahl.