On nanoism.net you’ll find stories of the shortest kind. Each story is comprised of not more than 140 characters – the length of a tweet.
In the classroom I use the stories in two ways:
– I like to print out a few dozen of the stories and stick them to the classroom walls. Now students can walk around the room reading. Their task is to choose their favourite story. It’s a great way to exemplify Hemingway’s principle of the iceberg. To explain what they like about their story the students have to construct and verbalise a possible bottom of the iceberg to its 140-character tip.
– Students also love to write their own Twitter fiction (by hand or on their mobiles) and share their stories with their classmates.