On this day in 1927, Henry Ford watched as the last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. Introduced in 1908, the Model T was the first car that was mass-produced on an assembly line. Its 20-horsepower, four-cylinder engine could reach a maximum of 45 miles per hour.
By 1918, one of every two cars on U.S. roads were black Model Ts. As Ford famously said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” In 1999, the Ford Model T was named The Car of the Century by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation (1).
Just as the Model T was at one time ubiquitous on U.S. roads, the letter T remains the most ubiquitous of all consonants in written English. In fact, Ts are so prevalent that writing students might attempt to write compositions replete with Ts.
Today’s Task: Composition Replete With Ts Contest
What types of writing compositions contain Ts? Attempt to write a composition in which every word contains at least one T. Brainstorm composition types first; then, try to construct the most tremendous, t-ladened masterpiece written this century.
Composition Types to Try:
Tall Tales, Narratives, Descriptions, Editorials, Creative Non-fiction, Skits, Worksheets, Advertisements, Diatribes, Tongue-Twisters, Letters, Fact Sheets, Timed Tests, Textbooks, Telegrams, Detective Stories, Fantasies, Gothic Tomes, Metaphors, Mysteries, Eyewitness Accounts, Reflections, Arguments, Tragedies, Reports, Interviews, Abstracts, Short Stories, Sonnets, Alliterative Poetry, TV Sitcom Scripts
Contest Criteria: creativity, clarity, jocularity, lucidity, timeliness, style, originality, plot, character development, tone, diction, detail, organization, craftsmanship, editing, syntax, sentence variety, grammatical correctness.
Caution: Writing compositions replete with Ts might turn tragic. Students often get addicted. They can’t stop writing with Ts. Therefore, trust this caveat: try to contain writing to ten contest entries tops. Thanks.
Quotation of the Day: Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. -Henry Ford