Engage Students With the Six Word Biography

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Dr. Mary Townsend  

Learn about the Six Word Biography and how it can be used to examine a concept, topic, artifact, historical period or figure, or fictional character in any curricular area from elementary to high school. Create an exemplar to use in your curricular area to teach students how to create the Six Word Biography.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will create an Adobe Spark account (free) and will have access to the Google Slides Playground resources.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will create a sample Six Word Biography to serve as an exemplar in their curricular area. They will explore a variety of creation tools such as Adobe Spark, Canva, Pages, Keynote, Google Draw, and Google Slides.


Overview and welcome.
Sample Six Word Biographies showcased.
Attendees brainstorm ideas of objects, topics, events, or people to serve as their exemplar.
Tools are showcased for inspiration.
Attendees create their own Six Word Biography

Supporting research

Six Word Memoirs:

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ISTE Certified Educator

I am a high school social studies teacher and digital peer coach from Minnesota. I have a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in educational technology.

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