“The #247challenge is intended as a moment of unity, of freedom and – most importantly – of fun where students, teachers – and anyone who wants to be involved – can enjoy writing together and take a moment to express themselves.”
During Library Lessons, we thought the students in Years 7 -9 would enjoy their own challenge, so we asked them to write a 24- word short story, beginning with the words “One day… “
Here are some of them:
One day I was in Roseville Library when I saw an ancient looking book. When I pulled it, the whole bookcase spun around…
Maddie D, Year 7
One day, I walked outside and found a fox. It stopped and stared at me with beady black eyes. Then it ran away rapidly.
Caitlin M, Year 7
One day I was walking along the beach and saw an enormous shark. It frightened me so ran home and ate some delicious cake.
Ellie D, Year 8
Izzie W, Year 8
One day a man hiked up a steep mountain path. A gale blew him over the edge of a canyon into the never-ending abyss.
Natasha J, Year 9
One day I made a life changing discovery. The vibrant palm leaves swept past the wonderland, revealing an unknown fantasy, my future…the rainforest.
Emily S, Year 9
One day everything changed. Time simply stood still; paralyzing the world, leaving everyone with vacant expressions on their faces, trapped in their own bodies.
Olive J, Year 9
Chris Evans recently announced the 500 Words:Black Lives matter competition – ‘intended to encourage important conversations at home, at school and across the nation on the issues emerging from the movement.’
The popular initiative encourages children to tap into their own creativity and imagination, using storytelling to share their experience and understanding of how different ethnicities and cultures interact.
Chris Evans' 500 Words: Black Lives Matter
“500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. Now, we want to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. We want children to lead on the process of writing their story.”
“The narratives we write and share matter. We ask children to draw on their own experiences and feelings to create a story that can be as imaginative and visionary as they want. Storytelling is a must!“
The Difference We Hope To Make
- To raise awareness of Black Lives Matter through the collation and sharing of original stories written by the youngest in our society, supported in the framework of 500 Words.
- OUP are children’s language experts. Every year, OUP and 500 Words conduct academic research into the location and number of entries we receive. 500 Words will continue research into the demographics of entrants and what this means going forward for opportunities for BAME and all children together.
We will be encouraging students in Years 7 -9 to enter. For students who are 14, they can enter a school version of the competition, and send to the English Teacher/Librarian.