S.O.S: Six Word Stories

Welcome to week 11 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Six Word Stories
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Background
According to Reading Rockets, “Summarizing teaches students how to discern the most important ideas in a text, how to ignore irrelevant information, and how to integrate the central ideas in a meaningful way. Teaching students to summarize improves their memory for what is read.” By narrowing the number of words allowed, students are required to really focus in on the most important ideas and concepts of the content being shared.

Example

  • Display the image, “Family on Bike Trail
  • Have students discuss what they see, guess what happened right before the image was taken, and predict what will happen next.
  • Explain to students that they need to individually summarize the photo in 6 words or less.
  • Have students share their summaries.  Discuss similarities and differences.

Challenge

  • Select a video, image, or reading passage that corresponds with your current curriculum.
  • Have students discuss what they see, guess what happened right before the image was taken, and predict what will happen next.
  • Explain to students that they need to individually summarize the photo in 6 words or less.
  • Have students share their summaries.  Discuss similarities and differences.

Bonus

  •  Have students bring in their own pictures or draw images that represent the current topics being covered in class and have classmates create 6 word stories.
  • Using these images, have students write creative stories with the 6 word caption as the title.
  • Use iPiccy.com to create a collage or add captions on photos.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

For more information on how we are shining the light on digital integration through this weekly blog series click here.  So see other strategies in this series click here. For all the PDFs in this series, click here.

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