Dear Teacher… {Six-Word Wednesday}

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!”

 

Lindsey's message to all of us...
Lindsey’s message to all of us… (in 6)
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 …..

 

Writing: Six-Word Wednesday

It’s Six-Word Wednesday…..  

tell your story in six words
Writing ’til the voices stop…. maybe.
What’s YOUR story??

Six-Word Wed: Caged Bird

 
Death frees the caged bird…. forever.
Maya Angelou image
1928 – 2014 ~ RIP Dr. Maya Angelou

Six-Word Wed: Graduation Realities

Female high school student looking sadly at diploma

Graduation approaches; seniors realizing….

they’re not.

It’s that time of year again ~ when the seniors I’ve worked with all year – some lazy, some hesitant, some struggling – are realizing their efforts, or lack of, are leading to the painful realization of four weeks remaining and twelve years without a diploma. Tears have begun. Desperation palpable. I wish I could bottle this feeling and share it with incoming seniors in August.

Perhaps I can.  Words are powerful….. 

The Art of Saying Much…with Little {Great Reads}

Backstory:  I first shared this post in April 2010, a fact reflected in certain (outdated) references – Borders and BlackBerry – and behaviors (tweeting, still new to me at the time).  Times have changed and so has my writing. I’m pleased to share a much-abbreviated post, shortened by 200+ words, with the same goal:  a Great Read recommendation!

Original Post, remixed: 

Do you tweet? You know. That thing people do online and on their phones, sending frivolous messages to one another about ‘absolutely nothing’ in 140 or fewer characters.  Only kids tweet, right?  Not really. It’s a fad, right? I’m rethinking my viewpoint on that, too.

I began tweeting last summer, having little idea of what I was doing, but engaged in it nonetheless.  Then, a new school year began and I got sidetracked.  Not a chirp for months. Until recently.  For no known reason, I began making noise again.  And thinking about that noise. Who was hearing me?  Who wasn’t hearing me? Who did I want to hear me?  Why did I want them to hear me?  And…. how could I make my messages more creative? 

While thinking about all of this tweeting, a visit to the bookstore enlightened me further….

How to write short 140 Dom SI discovered 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolla, one of the co-creators of Twitter.  Topic?  How to write short and sweet for the Information Age”

Verdict? Fascinating read! Thought-provoking. Historical. Practical.

Did you know the first short form message recorded in U.S. history was a telegraph message?

What hath God wrought?  ~ Samuel Morse

21 characters. 1 powerful message.

Can you say a lot by saying very little ~ in writing?  E-mail. Blog posts. Tweets. Status Updates.  A note to a loved one.  A note to a stranger.  A note to one’s self.

Brevity.  Practicing.