Writing Tight – In 25 Words

National Day of Writing – October 20

Composing or Summarizing Briefly

I thought you’d be interested in an in-class activity to get students to think about the power of a few words as well as the structure of a story. I can see this an effective way to practice vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, too.

One could even assign this for students to practice summary writing by having them summarize a story, play, or book they’ve just studied together as a class or finished as independent reading.

You could project a picture/photo and invite students to write a story about that picture in 25 words or less.  In science, math, or history, select an image that fits your discipline.  This can be a useful, authentic, and revealing formative assessment, especially if students also are asked to include recently taught vocabulary!

Edit and then post the short shorts to class website. Parents probably would enjoy reading what the students are reading and writing.


Have fun.

Other resources at National Council of Teachers of English website.

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