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Six-Word Memoirs With Mentimeter

Reflect on Learning in a Collaborative Way

Laura Halstied, Keiana Cross | Published: May 18th, 2023 by K20 Center


Six-Word Memoirs

This is a strategy of brevity. You can say a lot briefly. Six-Word Memoirs does just that. Students describe topics in six words. Saying less requires identifying essential facts. It means thinking about word choice. It also requires eliminating unimportant information. It's not easy, but it's doable. Read this paragraph again to see!

Six-Word Memoirs

Mentimeter enables you, while teaching, to visualize your students' opinions with real-time graphs and charts. Get input from in-person or online students with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As, and more. This allows for live interaction between you and your students with the web-based mobile polling app, ensuring that everyone is a part of the presentation.




Hello, and welcome to this Tech-Integrated Strategy tutorial. Whether you’re teaching online or in a face-to-face setting, learning in the modern classroom often benefits from the digital mediation of educational activities.

In this resource, you’ll learn how to implement the Six-Word Memoir instructional strategy using the Mentimeter tech tool. 

Six-Word Memoir is a strategy that requires students to focus on the most important information about a topic. 

Mentimeter is a web-based, mobile polling app that allows for live interaction in the classroom. 

In the how-to section, you’ll receive hands-on instructions for how to create a Mentimeter presentation that displays students’ Six-Word Memoirs in real time. 

How-To Guide
  1. Go to and select “Sign up.”

  2. Select “Sign up with Google.”

  3. If you have multiple Google accounts, select your school account.

  4. Select “+ New presentation.”

  5. Type a title for your presentation. Then, select “Create presentation.”

    (If you are a new user, Mentimeter will automatically generate a title for your first presentation. You can change the title in the top-left corner of your screen.)

  6. Under “Slide type” in the Content panel on the right, select “Open Ended” from the dropdown list of popular question types.

  7. Type your question or prompt in the “Question title” field below.

  8. Select the Design panel on the right.

  9. Select the “Flowing grid” option under “Visualization type.” This option works well when you expect more than 8–10 responses.

  10. To share with students, select “Share” in the top-right corner of your screen.

  11. To share via link, select “Copy link.”

  12. To share via QR code, select “Download QR” and have students scan it with their mobile devices.

  13. Alternatively, you may have students go to, where they can enter the temporary voting code displayed on the Share screen. Please note the voting code expires 2 days after you create it, but the link and QR code will be available much longer.

  14. To share the results of the Mentimeter, select the “Presentation sharing” tab. Please note the presentation sharing link will display results only and cannot be used to solicit responses.

  15. Under “Link to the live results,” select “Copy link.”  You can use this link to share the results with students later on.

  16. Click on the X to close the Share menu. To display the Mentimeter presentation in class, select “Present.” This will allow students to see their peers’ responses in real time.


Mentimeter provides a digital way for students to share what they have learned with the class. 

When using Mentimeter with Six-Word Memoirs, you could have students submit their responses individually or in groups. 

Because this strategy is ideal for summarizing or reviewing content, consider having students submit their Six-Word Memoirs at the end of class. Then, display the results the next day during bell work to review the content as a class. 

Use Cases

Six-Word Memoirs can be used at the end of a lesson or at the end of a unit.  

For example, in an English classroom, you could have students create Six-Word Memoirs after reading a novel. 

In a science or social studies classroom, you could have students create Six-Word Memoirs about scientific or historical figures, important events, or key concepts.


Six-Word Memoirs is an instructional strategy that provides a way for students to demonstrate what they have learned.

Mentimeter is a web-based app that works on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. 

Mentimeter makes it easy for students to share their thoughts with the class digitally, which is why it pairs so well with the Six-Word Memoirs strategy.


Is Mentimeter a free tool?

Mentimeter has a free account that allows for unlimited participants and unlimited presentations. For the free account, each presentation can have up to two question slides and up to five quiz slides.

What other activities can be implemented with Mentimeter?

Mentimeter offers over 30 types of slides, including activities such as polling and word clouds. For more information about Mentimeter, visit

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