I recently shared six-word stories, one of my favorite writing forms, with my high school students, on a day we could actually breathe a little.
Any more, these days are few and far between. No observers. No guests. No testing.
Just time to write. Creatively.
Makes me miss (even more!) the days when Reading/Writing Workshop was the foundation of my then-middle and later-high school reading classes.
After a brief intro to six-word stories that included my collection of nearly 1,000 six-word stories written by my HS students the past three years and showing the Smith Mag web site, my kiddos were ready to dive in. I made it an optional writing activity, since it was really our Independent Reading/SSR day ~ a rarity this year, scheduled for 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, and any extra day I can build in.
Within five minutes, the basket of blank index cards was empty and students were asking for more. I collected a little over 100 six-word stories that day! And every day since last week, I find more six-word stories in the designated basket near my desk.
Found this one yesterday, from a student who said last week, “I can’t stop writing six-word stories in my head!”
Thanks, Lindsey! I promised to pass it along… 🙂 Let’s hope they’re listening.
p.s. ~ For Orange is the New Black fans, there’s an interesting connection between Piper Kerman’s memoir and this writing form. You can read about it [here]. Might have to do a little research …..