May 25

The 100 Word Challenge

What is 100WC?
‘The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.’ Ursula K. Le Guin

We ask children to write in school but often there is no apparent purpose that they can see other than pleasing their teacher! This can prompt some very reluctant writers in our classrooms. The 100 Word Challenge seeks to address this problem.

It is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. This should be posted on a class blog and then linked to the 100 Word Challenge blog.

By setting a limited word count with a focused theme and a guaranteed audience beyond the class teacher, children have far greater motivation for writing. Those who are reluctant writers feel safe with only 100 words to write, whilst those more advanced writers can really extend themselves with the word restriction.
An example:
Lets get started!
The prompt for this week is a simple one! It is:

…but where could I go…

Make sure you really think about your story and use your 100 words wisely!

May 14

Our Assembly song!

Dancers of the class – get your moves ready for our performance! (have a look at the JC video clip)
Listen and memorise the words – although some aren’t correct eg. should be “yesterday is history….”