Day 4, 6 Words 6 Images

Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers for more slices of life.

Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers for more slices of life.

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” by Ernest Hemingway, is the most famous six word story. The concept of telling a story in six words has intrigued me for some time. My brain has played and abandoned the challenge of creating a six word story.

Last year, I attended a session by Don Goble at a conference and he revived that spark. He had videos of six words, six shots done by students that could take your breath away. However, time passed and my spark fizzled out.

This year he did a full day on the six word, six shot concept. A friend attended and came away bubbling with enthusiasm. I knew I wanted to try, but I also knew I could not put it into a video (not that savvy in the tech department).

Finally, I had a story to share. I took six photos, I selected six words. I combined them to document my work in a school.




Waterlogue 1.3.1 (72) Preset Style = Illustration Format = 8" (Large) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = Technical Pen Drawing Weight = Light Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Auto Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Natural Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Medium Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces






I celebrate the choice this school made to invest in their teachers. Changing practices takes time. The teachers were given that time and support.

What can you celebrate? Share your celebrations with the world at Ruth Ayres Writes.

What can you celebrate? Share your celebrations with the world at Ruth Ayres Writes.

34 thoughts on “Day 4, 6 Words 6 Images

  1. carwilc says:

    I’ve done six word stories lots of times, but never combined them with images. Wow! I wonder what my teachers would use if I asked them to try it. Hmmm, we might have to do this!

  2. I, too, am intrigued by the six-word memoir. I have a book and a board game by the same title. I’ve played around with my own six-word memoirs, and I’ve used them as a reflective exercise with teachers in professional development sessions. So many possibilities! I love your six-word story, and the pictures really elevate it. πŸ™‚

  3. I love the idea of 6 shots in addition to 6 words! I also love the idea of your expertise being shared over the course of 3 years. You are changing the world one school at a time!

  4. Six word stories are so much fun to create. I tried it with a couple of dozen teachers as we explored different techniques to engage students. I provided my own and shared one that came from India when I sent mine out with a request for others to share their stories. I like the photos that accompany yours so that is a new idea for me to float out.

  5. This idea intrigues and scares me. There’s my 6 words. Lol, I loved this today but I bet it was tricky! It’s making me think…I like a challenge! πŸ™‚

  6. lindabaie says:

    How wonderful that you wrote “your” six-word story, Elsie. You’ve worked all this time helping those teachers learn how to improve their literacy teaching, and I guess now it’s time to celebrate that accomplishment and it’s also “the end”. Well done!

  7. I love concept of a six word story. Using pictures to illuminate the arc is a wonderful twist on the video idea. Something to think about doing – for myself and with students. How cool would that be as a year end memoir!

  8. This made me think about a book I haven’t picked up in a long long time – “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure by Rachel Fershleiser. I think I’ll search the bookshelf and open it back up. I love how you used pictures and words. I might have to give this a try – Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Great job with six words and six shots! I will have to try this… And how very encouraging to me to see great literacy practices at work!!! A new superintendent brought a halt to this in our district several years back. I am still in mourning for what our students are missing out on.

  10. WOW! Look at you! I am impressed with your 6-word story! So many things here to celebrate. Maybe in April, I can show you how to make a movie with your images. πŸ™‚ You chose powerful words and matched them with powerful images.

  11. I love the six word story concept, but have never given it a try…six words seems like so few to tell a whole story, but also like an exciting challenge. Your story is very triumphant, and I like how you’ve added photos to help tell it as well. Congratulations!

Leave a Reply to elsie Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.