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The 100 word Challenge

| February 4, 2012 | 10 Comments 

Have you tried The 100 Word Challenge yet? The weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age, is a simple but really motivating concept for writers of all abilities to tackle. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words & the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece.

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.

(Those first two paragraphs were exactly 100 words long, by the way, & getting it like that WAS…a challenge).

One of the special things about The 100 Word Challenge is that those entering a piece are encouraged to visit other blogs and leave a constructive comment. Peer ‘talking’ to peer is very powerful and can create some real improvement when children respond to suggestions from other children.

It also provides another teaching point for teachers to show children how to comment constructively.

The 100 Word Challenge has been used for homework tasks and up leveling practice as well as a regular writing activity. Teachers have found that this has helped with their workload. It certainly helps drive traffic to a blog which in turn helps the motivation for blogging in general. The Quadblogging phenomenon has been able to use The 100 Word Challenge for a shared activity. This of course provides an international audience.

Above all – it is fun! Children feel challenged and then really rewarded when they see the comments. Go for it!

Well done Julia Skinner, @theheadsoffice, for a great idea.