Monday, October 6, 2014

Introducing the 100 Word Challenge

What is the 100 Word Challenge?  Are you ready to take your writing and blogging to the next level? Are you ready to publish your writing and have it read by people all over the world? If so, the 100 Word Challenge is certainly for you. 

What's the 100 Word Challenge all about? According to 100 Word Challenge: "We ask children to write in school but often there is no apparent purpose that they can see other than pleasing their teacher! This can prompt some very reluctant writers in our classrooms. The 100 Word Challenge seeks to address this problem. It is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. This should be posted on a class blog and then linked to the 100 Word Challenge blog."

100 Word Challenge Student Samples  A few weeks ago, for example, students were asked to write to the prompt "… but it is yellow…" That's it. That was the prompt. Using only 100 words students were tasked with creating a short creative narrative story, incorporating those four simple words. Below you can find a a few samples of what students from around the world came up with.

Tom, Year 7, Christchurch, New Zealand
Niamh, Year 5, Lincolnshire, UK
Ashaylia, Year 4, Australia

This Week's Challenge  The prompt for this week's 100 word challenge can be found below. For additional background on the prompt, visit the site here. 
How can you weave those words into a creative story of roughly 100 words? How can you also incorporate some of the elements of narrative writing, including sensory details, imagery, transitions, and dialogue? That is your task. 

Tomorrow we will discuss the elements of narrative writing in more detail. But today decide on your basic story and start writing. Before ultimately publishing our stories to our blogs and possibly sharing with a worldwide audience, we will start writing using a Google Doc. You can find the assignment 100 Word Challenge: Suddenly I Was Able to See Again in your Language Arts folders. Let's start writing! Please have a rough draft ready for tomorrow. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Complete a rough draft of the 100 Word Challenge: Suddenly I Was Able to See Again