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…
It’s Six-Word Wednesday….. Writing ’til the voices stop…. maybe. What’s YOUR story??
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Death frees the caged bird…. forever.
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…..
Go ahead, play with your words!
Final quarter of twenty; still learning.
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Backstory: I first shared this post in April 2010, a fact reflected in certain (outdated) references – Borders and BlackBerry – and behaviors (tweeting, still new to me at the time).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…