Friday, February 24, 2012

My Six Word Savior

Recently, a student in our class presented a lesson plan on the six word story. This intrigued me because I have a tendency to complain about how concise writers are oftentimes overlooked. It took me a very long time to learn to be all flowery and verbose with my writing. I favored brevity in place of what I call that "show-tune" writing (which is loud and flashy with all the bells and whistles).

When I completed my field, I ran into many students with a very low ability in writing but a very high interest in the subject. This actually motivated them to want to TRY to write. They just lacked what it took to do so. I am always interested in lesson plans that can help students in this particular achievement group.

After the concept was proposed to me in class, I've tried to write a six word story daily. I keep them in a journal. It has been interesting to see how so many emotions can be conveyed in such short statements. I think it would be awesome to do this in class with students in the future. I think it's a very useful tool to see what students are thinking and how creative they can be with such limited text.

Here are some of my personal six word stories! I just thought they were interesting.

"Meanness wins. That's why I'm losing."
"Boozel sucks. I'm hungry. McDonald's, anyone?"
"Slippery Rock construction is the devil."
"I love him. This is bad."
"This world isn't ready for me."
 "Whispering sweet nothings to my Tequila."

1 comment:

  1. I loved this lesson too! I really like your idea of writing one each day about your day, and keeping it in a journal or something. I think that would be a very neat project to do in a classroom. For now, I may just treat my twitter followers to a six word story at the end of each day.. LOVE IT!