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 …..
Robin is a lifelong learner, seasoned educator, writer, artist, and US Navy veteran. She writes and creates to quiet her noisy mind while trying to figure out this crazy thing called life. Some days, it's clear... other days, not so much!