Many of you I hope will know of the 100 Word Challenge!
It is a weekly challenge for children under 16 years where they are given a prompt and have to write a creative piece using only 100 words. The prompt can be a few connected words, some individual words or a picture. It is hopefully something that will spark their imaginations. Some teachers are using it for homework whilst others follow it in a more formal way, using class time to start the writing. For some classes, it has been the extension of their Big Writing, VCOP or CARPIE work. For others, it is an opportunity for children to write freely.
What is different about the 100WC is the audience! The children post their pieces to their class blogs which are then linked to 100wc.net. From here they are able to visit and comment on each other’s work. The commenting is not only another learning tool for teachers to use but it provides great motivation for the children. Having someone other than their class teacher read and make suggestions for improvement in their work has seen some amazing improvements in some of the children’s writing. It is this extended audience that is giving a purpose for writing and is key to the progress many children make.
Now – what help is needed?
The 100WC is, I’m delighted to say, really growing. With over 20,000 entries producing 216,000 interactions this year there can be 750+ entries each week. The aspiration is to provide 3/4 constructive, supportive comments on each would be a difficult task for me! I have put together a team of people who comment on a set minimum number of entries each week (10). I provide a set of guidelines and monitor the quality for the first couple of weeks
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A TEACHER!
So if you have a couple of hours across the week to spare, enjoy reading some great writing from children, please leave a comment below. Please leave your twitter id if you have one or some way I can contact you. I will be in touch shortly!
It is such a great privilege to share the work of children so do get involved!