Our #8WordStory project has generated so much interest with schools and children, we’ve developed a short guide to help teachers and students bring #8WordStory to the classroom.

Get Involved

Introduce your students to #8WordStory by reading some examples from the website. Some that we’ve found kids love include:

Use the live goa webcam to show how the billboards will look. Check out QWC’s facebook page to see our current schedule and visit the live billboard feed to see stories playing right now.

#8WordStory Creative Writing Activities

Picture Book titles and covers include a lot of information for their readers, so they make great story-starters. Use a selection of picture book titles from your school library to inspire some #8WordStories.

  • Too Many Elephants in This House! By Ursula Dubosarsky
    Story idea: “Too many elephants in this house. Let’s move!”
  • Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
    Story idea: “Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, diagnosed lactose intolerant.”
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
    Story idea: “You’re invited on a bear hunt. Bring honey.”
  • Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germain
    Story idea: “A big rain’s coming; thunder in my heart.”

Talk about adverbs, and brainstorm strong verbs and nouns that students can use in their story. This is a helpful trick for writing an interesting story in just eight words:

  • Example: How can we say, “She ran very quickly” (four words) in just two?
    Ideas: She bolted, she scurried, she hurried, she zoomed!
  • How can we say, “He jumped” in a way that gives us more information?
    Ideas: He leapt, he soared, he catapulted.

QWC Resources

Other Resources

The ABC Splash website has a suite of resources about storytelling. Here are several that support the ideas explored in this project: