Writing Your Own Short Story

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Writing Your Own Short Story Throughout the unit we have learned about all of the elements that make up a short story and the important role that each individual element plays. You have learned about plot, conflict, characters, setting, point of view, foreshadowing/irony and theme. You will use each of these elements effectively in the story you write. In order to write your short story, you will go through a series of steps: Prewriting, Drafting and Revision. Each of these steps will build upon each other to lead to your final short story. Criteria:  Develop strong characters  Dialogue that will help reveal the characters  Setting – the time and location of the story  Story is told from a specific point of view  Plot, or series of events that leads to the climax  Use either foreshadowing or irony  Theme that is revealed by the story’s end  Write for a specific audience  3 page (minimum)  Use correct grammar, punctuation, etc.  Use appropriate language Prewriting Sometimes topics for short stories come quickly to writers. When that does not happen, writers must use various strategies to find ideas. If you are struggling for an idea, try sketching a character. Use your imagination to create your characters. Gathering Details about Characters Characters are the people, animals, alien life-forms, or other creatures that take part in the action of a narrative. Before you begin drafting, get to know the characters you will develop. Use the chart below to create and examine 2 characters to learn who he, she, or it is. Decide your character’s likes and dislikes, dreams and fears, and what others think of them. Character Appearance Actions What the Character Says Thoughts Likes Dislikes Dreams Fears What Others Think of the Character Prewriting Rubric Character 1 3 2 1 0 Successfully Gave Barely Did not give Character gave enough details to gave any details to create Development details to create a details to an effective (x2) create a character create a character character character Filled in all Filled in Did not Did not fill in Completeness spots on the most spots fill in chart chart on the more chart than half of the spots Character 2 3 2 1 0 Successfully Gave Barely Did not give Character gave enough details to gave any details to create Development details to create a details to an effective (x2) create a character create a character character character Filled in all Filled in Did not Did not fill in Completeness spots on the most spots fill in chart chart on the more chart than half of the spots Drafting Before you begin drafting your story, keep your central conflict in mind and shape your story around it. An effective plot has the following components: Climax Rising Action Falling Action Exposition Resolution You know what each part of plot is made up of from earlier assignments. You will have an easier time drafting your essay once you have identified each of these parts of plot in your story. To get started:  Create your own Plot Diagram.  Fill in the events of your story from beginning to end  Correctly identify which events are the 5 parts of plot  Include details from your story Once you are finished with your plot diagram, you may begin writing your rough draft. Use your plot diagram and character sketches in your writing process. Plot Diagram Rubric 3 2 1 0 Plot Plot Plot diagram Plot Presentation diagram is diagram is is diagram is neat, organized, unorganized, not legible organized can be and can be and easy to followed followed follow with difficulty Events are One event Two or more Events are Events displayed is not in events are not given in logical logical not in logical in logical order order order order to the story Successfully Labeled Labeled and Did not Parts of Plot labeled and and identified label parts identified identified parts of plot of plot on all parts of parts of with 2 or timeline plot plot with more errors one error Successfully Gave Barely gave Did not Details gave details to any details give enough enhance to enhance details to details to plot plot enhance enhance plot plot Revision Now that you have written your rough draft, you will participate in a peer editing activity. For this activity you are to:  Exchange papers with a partner; read through your partner’s essay carefully  Correct any grammatical errors as you read the essay  When you are done, fill out the Rubric for Assessment  Once the rubric has been completed pass it back to your partner and discuss the ratings you have given  REMEMBER to provide constructive comments to your partner Rubric for Assessment Criteria Not Very Very 1 2 3 4 5 Does the main character undergo a change or learning experience? How well is the setting 1 2 3 4 5 described? Are there clear plot events 1 2 3 4 5 that lead to a climax? How clearly is the theme 1 2 3 4 5 revealed? How effective is the 1 2 3 4 5 descriptive language? Write your Own Short Story Rubric 4 3 2 1 Presents details Presents details Presents few Supports no Audience/Purpose targeted at a unique suited to an details suited to purpose; is not audience; successfully audience; narrates an audience; written for a narrates the events of a the events of a story some ides specific audience story conflict with narration of story Presents events that Presents sequence Presents a Presents no logical Plot create a clear narrative of events confusing order (x2) sequence of events Successfully goes in- Goes in-depth with Includes some Does not go in- Characters depth with description; covers description; depth with (x2) description; clearly all aspects of covers some description; does covers all aspects of character aspects of not cover all character character aspects of character Writes from a Told from a specific Contains Uses an Point of View consistent point of point of view inconsistent inconsistent point (x2) view points of view of view Contains details that Contains details and Contains Contains few or no Dialogue & provide insight to dialogue that characters and details to develop Elaboration character; contains develop characters setting; contains characters or (x2) dialogue that reveals some dialogue setting; no characters and furthers dialogue provided the plot Contains no errors in Contains few errors Contains some Contains many Grammar grammar, punctuation in grammar, errors in errors in grammar, and spelling punctuation, and grammar, punctuation, and spelling punctuation, and spelling spelling Use of Language Uses fresh word choice Uses interesting and Uses clichés and Uses uninspired and tone to reveal fresh word choices unoriginal word choices story’s setting and expressions character Meets required page Does not meet Page Length length required page length

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