Updated on Snopes.com is the claim that Ernest Hemingway once won a bet for writing a six-word story (the jury is still out, says Snopes).
Back in April, we actually used the idea with students studying Spanish at IH Barcelona, as the basis for a mini-writing project, which was fun — Mi vida en solo 6 palabras (My life in just 6 words).
You might try the same — though you might also consider giving them more words (Hemingway supposedly had a limit of 10), with 25 or 100 giving your students a little more scope for actually writing coherent text.
Snopes has an alternative: how about a story containing religion, royalty, sex and mystery… ,-) ?
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