Three Things Challenge, 11 July 2018


Today’s things are: admire, loyal, fireplace

Today in class our teacher, Miss Teresa, in a moment of sheer genius, or you might say extreme fatigue asked us to write a story using three words that appear to be unrelated. Our task was to compose a piece in which we demonstrated the relationship between the words.

John wrote: The fireplace was lit each day out of admiration and loyalty to his ancestors whom he had traced back to Neanderthal times.

Julie wrote: I love to sit by the fireplace and admire my Barbie dolls. Princess Barbie I am most loyal to ‘cause she makes me feel sexy.

Tony wrote, despite struggling with writing: Terry admired his cousin Ralph, he was loyal to his family down to the toes on his feet and didn’t blink as be burned the bodies of those he slew in the old fireplace.

Needless to say, Miss Teresa was most impressed.



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8 Responses to Three Things Challenge, 11 July 2018

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith says:

    Tony and I have a connection….lol

  2. I have been thinking about doing something like this in my classroom this year – having a daily creativity challenge with random words. I’m just not sure how or where to incorporate it.

    • Michael says:

      I used to do a ten minute task. I’d have a writing lesson, outline to the kids they had only ten minutes and no answer was to be considered silly/wrong. I also taught the kids about context, in that what they wrote came from the context of their life and experience. The topic was always one that could be interpreted in any sort of way like I would use a name that could be anything, eg Roger Robust. Then the kids would read and discuss each other’s responses. Sharing ideas was always a good one I found.

      • My class is students with emotional and behavior disorders. Most of the day they will not be in my classroom. So the question is as much about wise use of time as it is getting kids to start feeling comfortable with generating answers. Also, do I pick random words? Or do I post a list and each student selects different random words… Say based on the roll of dice? Do they do this as an assignment for me? Or more like a word wall and post their answers daily on the wall?

      • Michael says:

        I see your problem. With any new school getting to know your students is your first priority and when they are emotionally and behaviourally challenged having them trust you is important, once that happens you can achieve a lot. Good luck with it all.

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