Classroom Of The Month: Fifth Grade Class at Riverdale Country School

When you fall down the rabbit hole of Twitter, you find some amazing tips and projects. As Meg Krause traversed through tweets and replies, she discovered Six-Word Memoirs and shared the project with her fifth grade students. Krause teaches at Riverdale Country School, a K-12 independent school in New York City that honors the whole child. She explains: “I thought they would be intrigued by the concept and indeed they were!”

Krause used Six-Word Memoirs to help her students understand the strength of well-chosen words. “It was also a great lesson in the power of revision as the students wrote and rewrote based on peer feedback,” she adds. Taking the project a step further, Krause asked students to pair their carefully crafted words to powerful visuals: “They loved matching words to images.” Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 2.24.00 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 2.24.12 PM Six-Word Memoirs came to these students during a very special time—fifth grade is the final year of Lower School at Riverdale. The activity gave students a chance to reflect on themselves as learners and their growth throughout the year. As an end-of-year celebration, a video was created to share with parents and faculty. Music accompanied the student’s words and images; the kids singing their graduation song, known at Riverdale as their “moving-up song,” can be heard in the background.

Now Six-Word Memoirs has found a home at Riverdale. “My students loved the activity of creating and sharing their Six-Word Memoirs. It was an especially gratifying experience for my struggling writers,” says Krause. “Six-Word Memoirs is an easy entry point for all students and ​[allows] many ways for students to push themselves.”

We are honored to be part of the Riverdale students’ educational path and hope they carry Six-Word Memoirs with them as their journey proceeds.

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