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UTEC youth in HiSET classroom. Photo by Adrien Bisson Photography.

How would you sum up your life in six words? Not an easy task. But this was the very assignment given to UTEC’s youth recently in one of their HiSET (formerly GED) classes.

Jenn Cale, UTEC’s HiSET Social Educator, explained: “We were exploring the power of language and tying it to that month’s specific competency (to “know thyself”), when we decided to incorporate the idea of the succinct memoir, something I had learned about at a teaching conference. We asked our young people to think about their lives in terms of the past, the present, and the future — and to try and capture the essence of each using just six words and, if they chose, an image or two.”

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One of the many ‘memoirs’ created by UTEC youth.

Thus was born the exercise known as the “Six Word Memoir.”

“It was a huge success!” said Cale. “Everyone was completely engaged and really got into it, and I think the results speak for themselves.”

UTEC’s young people produced some remarkable work, encapsulating a wide range of emotions from sad and introspective to hopeful and inspiring. After sharing and discussing their pieces with each other, the youth decided they also wanted to share it with the greater UTEC community. The result is now a five-minute video entitled “<a href="https://Six Word Memoir: Past, Present, and Future,” produced on-site at UTEC by Colin Murphy, one of UTEC’s current AmeriCorps members.

Check out the video. We think you’ll enjoy it.

 

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