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Block: ______
Story of the Macabre

Cover Sheet

Purpose: To write a story that gives the reader a sense of fear (without disgusting him) through designing a good plot, using strong character description, and detailed settings. Since this story fits the genre of “the macabre”, it is not meant to be a violent horror story. You may only have up to one death in the story.

____1. Use brainstorming notes on plot, setting, and character to write a story that has the ability to frighten the audience without being gory.

____2. Write a rough draft.

____3. Conference with at least two people.

____4. Revise.

____5. Hand in final draft on the due date Staple this cover sheet on top, then the final draft, any rough drafts, and finally all brainstorming notes.

Focus Correction Areas:

1. Included a well developed plot with a clear conflict, detailed rising action, a strong climax and a resolution that ties up all loose ends. _______ 30 pts.

2. Underlined 3 sentences about setting or character that

clearly set a scary mood, on your final draft. _______ 30 pts.

3. Highlighted four areas of revision on your rough draft. ____ 20 pts.

4. On your final draft, circled 5 well used, well chosen verbs that help to set the mood. Avoid the overused words. ________ 10 pts.
5. All required pieces are stapled together in proper order, checklists are checked off, etc. ­­­­­_____ 10 pts.
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Things to remember:

Write a SPOOKY story, not a gruesome one. It can be suspenseful, spine-tingling, mysterious, cause goose-bumps…
Be sure to include a strong, evident conflict.
Use your brainstorming ideas to help you.
Concentrate on developing characters and a setting that are clearly depicted.
Be sure that your ending wraps up all loose ends.
When you revise, concentrate on making MAJOR changes to your story.

Only make revision to improve your story.

Revision can include adding better word choice, sentences, or information.

Revision can include deleting unneeded information or overused words.

Revision can include making sentences stronger and less awkward.

Revision requires rethinking!

Don’t be afraid to ask more than one person to act as your editor.



Block: _____

Story Planner

My story will be about: ______________________________________________________________________________________

It will include these major characters: (up to four)


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It will take place in this/these place(s): (up to three)

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These items must appear in the story:


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My title might be:

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Scary Story Worksheet

This sheet is for NOTES only. Do not write any complete sentences on here.

Do not write your actual story here. Use this for PLANNING purposes only.

Plot Notes



Rising Action:


Falling Action/Resolution:

Setting: The time and place of a story. It does not have to be an exact time or place. Things like “a dark, moonless night” or “in an abandoned house high on the hill” are excellent examples of setting information. If you give an exact time or an exact place, the exactness must be relevant to the story.
Characters: KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS… Protagonists and Antagonists: Be sure that whatever information you include is relevant to the story. If it doesn’t mean something to the story, don’t tell us that she is 5’2” and has blonde hair and blue eyes. If later in the story these attributes mean something, then by all means include it.
Plot: A good story needs these parts! (Remember the five acts of Shakespeare!)

Introduction: A brief explanation of background information, introduction to characters and/or setting before the action starts.
Conflict: The problem that really affects the whole story and causes the other events to occur. In a murder mystery, this would be the murder.
Rising Action: All of these events occur as a result of the conflict. In a murder mystery, this would be where the detective gathers all of the clues and suspects are being gathered and ruled out.

Climax: This is the high point of the story. In a murder mystery, this would be where the guilty party is exposed, accused and caught.
Falling Action/Resolution: This is when all of the loose ends are tied up. In a murder mystery, this would be where it is told what happened to the culprit and to the others who had been affected by the accusations or suspicion.


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