One sentence, please

by Mr. Sheehy

I’m going to have my students submit sentences to “One Sentence.” I am sure before I have them do it I’ll tie it into some sort of learning – maybe something about haikus and imagists, or maybe I’ll attach some Strunk and White to it (“OMIT NEEDLESS WORDS!”). But that’s not why I’m doing it. Like most of the material I choose (and there is still room for choice, no matter how thick the curriculum grows), there is an unspoken reason beneath its origin: it will be fun, for me. I want to see their faces when I bait them into asking the ubiquitous question:

“How long does it have to be?”

“One sentence.”

And then I want to see how skilled they can be, and if they can develop wit, whose soul is brevity.