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.
Introduce your students to #8WordStory by reading some examples from the website. Some that we’ve found kids love include:
- The grumpy gnome really wanted the fancy underpants.
- I hugged myself while lives were at stake.
- Even as a zombie his sister still moaned.
#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.
- How to Write an 8 Word Story – handout (PDF)
- How to Write an Awesome 8 Word Story – presentation and lesson plan (PowerPoint)
The ABC Splash website has a suite of resources about storytelling. Here are several that support the ideas explored in this project: