[library-media] TEACHER'S GREAT IDEA AND HELP REQUESTED
janduane at skaggscatholiccenter.org
Thu Apr 3 10:20:19 MDT 2008
One of the teachers here is going to run a contest with me - it's her idea. She is having all her classes do this and I liked it so much I wanted you to know.
SIX WORD STORY CONTEST
Ernest Hemingway was once prodded to compose a complete story in six words. His answer, personally felt to be his best prose ever, was “For sale: baby shoes, never used.” Some people say it was to settle a bar bet. Others say it was a personal challenge directed at other famous authors.
OTHER EXAMPLES (Not all will be used):
Willy Wonka is diabetic: no chocolate.
The man went to dinner alone.
Sorry, honey. I’m stuck in traffic.
The book fell onto the baby.
He sold his mother-in-law on Ebay.
She didn’t know the cheese expired.
Nothing happens to man. Only everything.
She downed her cocktail in disgust.
He didn’t want her to know.
I woke up with festering sores.
Orson Scott Card: The baby's blood type? Human, mostly.
Stephen R. Donaldson: Don't marry her. Buy a house.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Easy. Just touch the match to
Brian Herbert: Epitaph: He shouldn't have fed it.
Words failed him. So did she. (Doug Pinkham, Oakton)
Snack: Expand. Don't snack: Expand. Snack! (Pie Snelson, Silver Spring)
Went. Worked too long. Returned. (Repeated.) (Julius Sanks, Ashburn)
"You were magnificent."
"You were available." (Art Grinath, Takoma Park)
Found: Wedding ring on bar stool.
Bang! (Fourteen billion years later . . .) Me! (Paul VerNooy, Wilmington, Del.)
(“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”)
(“I still make coffee for two”)
Kirby had never eaten toes before.
- Kevin Smith
"It can't be. I'm a virgin."
It’s behind you! Hurry before it
- Rockne S. O’Bannon
See that shadow? (It's not yours.)
- Jim Crace
Bob's last message: Bermuda Triangle, Baloney.
Dad called: DNA back: he isn't.
- Helen Fielding
These are the categories we are going to use:
Heart wrenching (Hemingways')
Best use of Punctuation to Express
Romance-- There were some good stories that focused on love.
It will be a school-wide contest.
I'm thinking about the logistics for doing this - name, category named, typed, prizes, judging, etc.
If any of you have any ideas, I would love to read what you suggest. We want this to be fun and a success.
Thanks as always,
"I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group.
They are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet
and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with
them." Michael Moore
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