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6-word stories: an EFL activity

Met my soulmate. At her wedding.

Isn’t it amazing how just 6 words can tell an incredibly powerful story?

Recipe for failure. Changed my ingredients.

Can you imagine planning a whole lesson around 6 words?*

When you think of the creativity and imagination that has to go in to creating a 6-word story, you realise how this is the basis for a great lesson.

For starters, you can board a few examples of 6-word stories and let them discuss what they think they mean.

Then, show them this clip to introduce them to the concept:


Finally, let them write their own 6-word stories. You can provide a topic, a theme, or even a word and let their imaginations run wild.

For example:

Write a 6-word story using the word love/money/orange.

Write a 6-word story about family/food/guilt.

Write a 6-word story about your life/a secret you have/your first relationship.

If you feel your class may need more inspiration, let them write 6-word stories on movies:

Fight club: Not allowed to talk about it.

The Ring: Hello. You’ll die in a week.

The Prestige: Look closely. The trick is obvious.

There, so many ideas.

Have fun 🙂

*Hana Ticha did – and it worked.


2 comments on “6-word stories: an EFL activity

  1. Husniyeh Salem
    April 18, 2016

    find it inspiring to create a headline !
    . touches my dream to study journalism!

  2. Kirsten C
    April 19, 2016

    So glad you’re inspired 🙂

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