In January, our Book of the Month strategy was 6 Word Stories. I was first introduced to 6 Word Stories when I found this video from SMITHmag (does have a few memoirs that are adult-oriented) on VIMEO. If you want to show a video to a class, here is one geared towards teenagers: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure. Then I later found our book of the month on Chets Creek Elementary Wiki (in Florida, USA) and they used 6 Word Stories as their strategy (January 2010) that month also.
The assignment I gave to the teachers had them create a six word story about themselves, which I then incorporated into a video using Animoto, which is a great tool I learned about in the Kick Start Your Blogging Teacher Challenge Activity 6. Secondly, teachers were to have students create stories/memoirs. In the younger grades, they had the option to give students a picture and then create a story from that picture. Stories are not due until the end of this week (Feb. 11). Then I am going to create another video that features the student work. Kindergarten and first grade already have their work posted in the hallway and it is fabulous. I have seen fourth and fifth graders working on the picture that they want to put with their memoirs. I observed a class of seventh graders creating their memoirs...WOW! is all I can say. I will post student video soon.