Spring Training Challenge: Six-Word Story

For this week’s challenge, try this ready to implement instructional strategy, SOS: Six-Word Story (Canadian link) with images from Discovery Education. This strategy provides a framework for students to practice summarizing and selective word choice. Students use an image as the basis for a story that conveys a big idea using only six words.
Did you know there are thousands of images in Discovery Education available for use with strategies like Six-Word Story? To find an image, log in to Discovery Education and type a term in the search field. Then, using the toolbar on the left side of the page, narrow by media type.


North Carolina STAR Discovery Educator, Dacia Jones has created a series of templates you can use with the SOS. Here’s the one she created for Six-Word Story. Print this for your class and use it along with images from Discovery Education and the Six-Word Story strategy, and you’ve got a ready-made activity.

Access all of the strategies in the SOS series by logging in to Discovery Education and clicking Professional Development in the toolbar.

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  1. Amanda Paez said:

    Good afternoon!

    Thank you for sharing this awesome activity. I was just reading about the six-word story challenge the other day and I love this variation. I work primarily with International Students from China and have been researching writing warm-ups that challenge students to use precise language in various ways. I am exciting to use these resources with my students! They really enjoy new activities that challenge them to think a little differently.

  2. Dorothea Hackett said:

    Regarding week one’s AEIOU activity, I combined that with the snowball fight. Day One, students watched a video and completed the AEIOU sheet. I collected and read them. Day Two, I returned them to the students who completed snowball fight. The student receiving the new snowball had to expand on what the original student wrote. I found that to be a good review of the video to set up the follow up discussion

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