Short Story assignment Creative Writing

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Short Story assignment

Creative Writing

Mrs. Stebelton

You will be turning your imaginative ideas into a fully-developed short story. The first writing assignment asked you to write a personal narrative about real events. This assignment asks you to make up another world. You will need to decide: In what place and time will your story occur? Who will inhabit your world? What kinds of characters will they be? How many of them will there be? How will they interact with each other? Will you write your story in first or third person? What events will take place during the course of your story and in what order? How will these events affect your characters? How will you reveal these details? What conflicts will there be and how will they be resolved? What message will your story communicate to your audience? The class will help you to make these decisions as we draft, review, and revise together.
Length requirement: 3-6 typed, double-spaced pages
Due Dates:
Rough Draft #1: Wednesday, September 23rd

Rough Draft #2: Friday, September 25th

Final Copy: Tuesday, September 29th

I will be grading you on the items listed on the following rubric. Your use of description and a plot arc continue to be important. In addition, we will work on using dialogue and foreshadowing.

Writer’s name: _____________________________________________

Title of short story: _________________________________________


Short Story Rubric

Creative Writing


Characters

Writer created full, necessary characters; characters are described in order to reveal their physical and emotional characteristics.

Writer wrote successfully and consistently from 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person point of view.

A B C D F

Dialogue
Characters interacted in such a way as to reveal character and develop plot.

Writer followed the proper procedures for using dialogue in short stories.


A B C D F

Plot
Writer’s plot was focused and did not have “holes.”

Writer introduced character and setting, built interest and conflict up to a turning point, and then resolved the conflict.


A B C D F

Purpose, Voice, and Theme
Writer had a clear, identifiable purpose and meaning as well as a creative, original voice.
A B C D F

Style and Genre
Writer did not make disorienting sentence-level errors, particularly in terms of spelling and verb tense.

Writer’s syntax and diction were clear, creative, and suited the purpose of the narrative.

Writer clearly understood the conventions of the short story genre.
A B C D F
Portfolio
Student included story starters, plans, drafts, peer reviews, and final, polished copy.

All items were submitted by their deadlines.



Grade:

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