Today we tried a writing exercise suggest by Sue Barriball in her weekly PM resources. Our students really loved the challenge, structure and creativity involved in meeting the rules of this complex thinking challenge.
We hope that you enjoy reading a small selection of these.
1. The story cannot exceed seven sentences.
2. Every sentence has to start with a different word.
3. Obvious words cannot be repeated (i.e. Amazon, Houdini, parrot, old shoe, or cave). “Little” words can be used more often (i.e. pronouns, articles, conjunctions)
4. Every sentence must contain a noun (using a green marker) and a verb (using a red marker). The remaining words should be written in blue marker.
5. Sentences cannot start with any of the following words: My, I, The, Once, One, Long Ago, And, Also, So, Finally, Suddenly, But.
6. Sentences cannot include any of the following words: went, make, got, get, go, very, fun, a lot. You can suggest more descriptive words (for instance, “I got a present” can be replaced with “I received a present.”)
7. Whenever possible, the word “and” should only be used once in a sentence. 8. Each sentence can only have a certain number of words:
Sentence #1: five words
Sentence #2: six words
Sentence #3: seven words
Sentence #4: eight words
Sentence #5: nine words
Sentence #6: 10 words
Sentence #7: 10 words
9. The entire story must be told by the last word of the last sentence.
Mother Teresa by Maddisyn
Mother Terese lay in the cave.
Her skin was shivering with fear.
She trotted out of the cave quietly.
Looking down she saw her objects she smiled.
Eagerly she yanked her set of skis on.
Percy the flying parrot pulled himself onto her shoulder desperately.
Flying down the mountain reading a bible, lovingly dreaming away.
By Grace W
Darkness filled the freezing cave.
Kim Jung Un was exploring cold Antarctica.
Outside there was a raging snowstorm happening.
He sat inside his den reading his bible.
A brilliant red parrot was sitting on his shoulder.
Some skis lay against the entrance to his shelter.
Now he could only wait for the snowstorm to stop.
Mother Teresa’s Adventures
Mother Teresa hobbled through the Amazon Rainforest
Vines were covering an ancient palace
Streaks of blue and yellow flew past
A parrot landed on Mother Teresa’s head holding skis
They strolled into the jungle palace filled with curiosity
Sundials lay in the centre of the palace underneath bibles.
Parrot and Mother Teresa took the bibles and left, feeling joyful.
Red= Noun Blue= Verb Pink= Adjective
Going, Going, Gone
Shimmering light comes pouring through
Mother Teresa sighing deeply ignoring the pain
Trapped in Forgiven Cave with a bible
Chained up with blood flooding from her wrists
Her worried Parrot on call or maybe a shoulder
Skis by her side marking the memories from the mind
Heart settling down, Eyes going blurry, Resting today never Tomorrow.
Wrong time to escape
Rain stormed upon the amazon rainforest.
Kim Jung Un left his cave to hunt.
He stumbled upon a bright coloured parrot.
After seeing it he thought of an idea.
Kim Jung Un gathered up his findings, a bible and skis.
The man constructed wings with the materials that were around.
Crack, lightning had struck him and he had burnt wings.