School uses Twitter in English lessons to get pupils writing concisely

School uses Twitter in English lessons to get pupils writing concisely

An academy in Essex is using Twitter to develop pupils’ writing skills by getting them to tweet six-word and 50-word stories, known as “flash fiction”.

New Rickstones academy launched the Twitter account “NRA_TwitLit” to give pupils the challenge of putting what they want to say into as few words as possible.

Pupils will post poems and short stories, with year 7 facing the challenge of writing a 50-word story, then having to cut it down to exactly 30 words.

The TwitLit, or Twitterature project, was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous six-word story, “For sale, baby shoes, never worn”.

Matt Davies, head of English, said: “The idea behind this was to get some really succinct creative writing from students in response to the six-word story. We challenged them to get across emotion in very few words or characters.

“Twitter, for a lot of English teachers, is an invaluable tool as it gets you thinking concisely about what you want to say. It inspires a love of literature, which is a win in my book.”

 

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