Your Days Are Numbered – the daily prompt for 26 Jan
“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Remember that? Probably for at least one year of Primary (Elementary in US) school, you were required to practice your cursive handwriting or penmanship by copying out that sentence, which as we all know has all the 26 letters of the alphabet.
In case you hadn’t noticed, it is nine words, and a total of 35 letters in all.
A teaching colleague of mine (“G’day, Owen!”) had reworked it to have exactly ten words, and 40 letters. In his class, his pupils would be given three minutes timed to carefully write the ten word version in their very neatest, best, ‘finest’ handwriting as many times as they could fit in the time allowed.
Then in another three minutes, they would speedily write it over and over as quickly as they could – their ‘fastest’ writing.
Finally, they were asked to compare their fastest against their finest, and success came to those who reached the penmanship required to not be able to see any great difference.
My class enjoyed the activity (they were eleven years old), and soon had all mastered a good style of writing. But they asked for more. So, what I came up with was create a different version of the sentence.
It still concerned dogs and foxes, but had exactly twenty words and a hundred letters in all – and still used all our basic 26 alphabet letters.
I wonder if You would accept a challenge to try to create that “100 letters in 20 words” sentence!?
Post your effort as a comment here, please?
(If you choose to only post at your own blog – fair enough. But please leave me more than just a ping back?)
Thank you, friends.