sixwordstories.net / fiftywordstories.com

Notes on the websites:

1. Include stories that have been made up of six words or fifty words only.

2. Divided into categories, e.g. sixwordstories: romance, sci-fi, happy / fiftywordstories: artistic, adventurous, puns

3. sixwordstories: so short that it becomes fun, challenging, and engaging!

4. fiftywordstories: more complexity usually with puns.

5. To be used with adults only!  Often references to PARSNIP topics, but this is reality and authentic!

If you have technology (internet access in classroom and projection, students with own device):

1. Go to the website(s) in class on the screen.

2. Show the list of categories and get the class to choose one together.

3. Explore a few of the stories on the screen by asking questions such as:

  • Why do you think it is part of this category?
  • What is the general meaning? How does it make you feel?
  • Can you draw a picture for it?
  • What does the tense/adjectives/nouns add to the story?
  • Could you replace any of the words to have the same meaning?

4. Students to record any language items (possibly get them to make their own sentences to remember items)

5. Ask students to then choose another category.

6. Students find others who have chosen the same category.

7. Using their own device in pairs/3s/4s they explore between 1 or 2 stories using the above questions. (Get them to try to remember the questions you asked when the class looked at one together/dictate questions to class).

8. Mix the groups up so that they tell each other what they found out about their chosen stories.

9. Extension/homework: students create their own six word or fifty word story to post onto the website / Facebook / Twitter (six words only).

If you have no technology:

1. Pre-select a few six word stores to dictate or dictogloss a fifty word story.

TIP: Get different students to dictate the six word stories. Asking the other students to check the spelling, and punctuation. 

2. Explore the stories by asking questions such as:

  • Why do you think it is part of this category?
  • What is the general meaning? How does it make you feel?
  • Can you draw a picture for it?
  • What does the tense/adjectives/nouns add to the story?
  • Could you replace any of the words to have the same meaning?

3. Students to record any language items (possibly get them to make their own sentences to remember items)

4. Using the six word story: students create a fifty word story for it. (Get them to unpack the title by coming up with synonyms, characters, location, etc.)

5. Using the fifty word story: students create a six word story for it, i.e. the title.

6. Extension/homework: students come up with different topics to create six word / fifty word stories for.

Further extensions

1. Choose a theme that is relevant to the vocabulary you want the students to develop to explore.

2. Set the website(s) as homework for students to find stories they found interesting / challenging / confusing

3. This idea can be extended to: 2 sentence stories; 3 sentence stories; 100 word stories; etc.