Short Story Assignment



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Short Story Assignment

Write an original short story about one of the topics below:


  • Choice #1: Write a short story about revenge perhaps in the genre of mystery.

  • Choice #2: Write a short story about overcoming adversity perhaps in the genre of adventure.

  • Choice #3: Write a short story about ambitions perhaps in the genre of adventure.

  • Choice #4: Write a short story about determination perhaps in the genre of science fiction or fantasy.

  • Choice #5: Write a short story about an unexpected event perhaps in the genre of romance.

Stage #1: Begin by preparing a list of brainstorming/prewriting ideas. Make decisions about which ideas you will and will not use in your short story.


Stage #2: Organize your ideas into categories.


Stage #3: Write your hand-written, double-spaced draft copy, including each of the following: description, narration, and dialogue.

Keep in mind a well written story often contains figures of speech, flashbacks, stereotypes, comic relief, symbolism, foreshadowing, and/or subplots.

Remember to use the proper conventions of writing.

Stage #4: Meet with two separate classmates to edit your short story together. Please ask me questions about your writing that neither of you are able to answer.

Make changes to your work in your own writing in a different colour of pen or pencil.

Have both of your student editors initial your work after it has been proofread.

Stage #5: Think of an appropriate title for your short story.
Stage #6: Prepare your final, typed copy: two to three pages in length when formatted in Times New Roman and 12 point font.

Your title will appear on the top of your first page followed by your name, class, and date. A title page is not needed.


Outline Sheet

Name:____________________

Class:____________________

Date:_____________________


1. INRODUCTION

Protagonist’s name:_____________________________

Three Character Traits:___________________________

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Antagonist(s)’s name(s):__________________________ ________________________

Three Character Traits:___________________________ ________________________

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Setting (time and place):____________________________________________________

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Emotional setting/Atmosphere of story (details such a lighting, weather, and expression):

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2. INITIAL INCIDENT

Statement of Conflict:______________________________________________________

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3. RISING ACTION

Episode #1 leading to the Climax:____________________________________________

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Episode #2 leading to the Climax:____________________________________________

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Episode #3 leading to the Climax:____________________________________________

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4. CLIMAX

Highest point of action in short story:__________________________________________

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5. FALLING ACTION

Tie up lose ends:__________________________________________________________

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6. CONCLUSION

End your short story:_______________________________________________________

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Feeling left with reader at the conclusion of story (Mood):_________________________

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Point of View:____________________________________________________________

Theme(s):_______________________________________________________________

Tone, or attitude of a writer towards your subject:________________________________



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