A while back I created a worksheet that I called “ONE HUNDRED WORDS.” Original title for a worksheet that had a line for your name, another line for the date, a line for a title, and a hundred blank lines. It was a tool to get kids to learn to write a hundred words on a subject. At the end were three quick editing ideas.
Today in class, one of my students insisted he could write a thousand words. One of the other students stared in horror, and said that maybe she could write two hundred and fifty words, but that was her limit. A third student (I should say the third student, since there were/are only three students in this class) thought he could do five hundred words, but not a thousand.
Behold! I now have worksheets for 100-words, 250-words, 300-words, 500-words, 750 words, and 1000-words. Most of them are two pages, but the 750-word one is three, and the 1000-word one is four. All of them have word counters; every seventy words, there’s a little line break and a number in parenthesis to tell you how many words you’ve written. (I’ve told them no more than 70 words in a paragraph).
I also created another little worksheet, called the Poetry Worksheet. Across the top it says, “I’m trying to write a poem about…” with little check boxes for emotion, an image, or a story. Then there are check boxes for short, medium or long; Rhyming/not Rhyming/sometimes rhyming; and “line length” is short/long/varied.
Perhaps this seems silly to some readers. However, these three students are in need of some serious remedial writing help, and I’m hoping that these tools will help them grasp some new options for their writing practice. Basically I’ve been stripped of books and curriculum in this three-person class, and I needed some ideas about what to teach, and how. Maybe these worksheets will work, especially since the students themselves don’t seem really challenged by 100-word worksheets any more.