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A Short Experiment: Six Word Lesson Plans


Thu Oct 26 2006


I don't know how many of you have seen it, but over at WIRED, they did an article in which they asked a series of writers to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and write an entire story in just six words. Hemingway wrote "For sale: baby shoes, never used" and declared it his finest work.

I have always been a fan of the Webby Awards and their restriction of only 5 words for acceptance speeches. You can see the great results here. I have also just listened to the podcast from IT Conversations featuring Kathan Brown talking , in part, about how constraints push creativity into new places. Along those lines and with a big tip o' the hat the the genius behind the creation of the Big Question - I have my only little contest going.


Let's see who can write the best lesson plan of learning objective in only six words. I have also posted this challenge on my humble blog and would love to see the results go either place (I promise to share all results in both places).

Let's have some fun and see what ideas constraints might bring us!


Harold Jarche picks up the gauntlet first - here

Peter Isackson adds one with an artistic feel


Geetha Krishnan weighs in with an over-arching set

Dave Lee jumps into the mix with this great entry

Lee Kraus has one here that really resonates

My buddy Brent Schlenker has the Apple-induced six worder here

Jay Cross make his move and brings some other 'possible' entries with him like one from Roger Schank. p.s. Buy The Book.


Stephen Downes joins the fray and follows the narrative idea from the original WIRED story nicely.

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