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English 10F

Create Your Own Short Story

Major Assessment #1 English 10F

TASK: Using what you have learned about short stories over the past month, you will write a short story of your own.

DATE DUE: The final copy will be due on Friday, December 7 th

However, there will be numerous points leading up to this deadline in which you will be expected to

have portions of the assignment done and these checks will make up portion of the assignment’s mark.

(ie. Story Map, Organizer and Proposal.)

GUIDELINES:

  • Your story must have a clear beginning, middle and end.

  • Your story must be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 pages.

  • The assignment must be typed using size 12 font and double spaced.

  • Your story must have only one main character

  • Your story must have a minimum of one and a maximum of three supporting characters

  • Your story must clearly fit on a plot graph (contain all 5 sections of a plot)

  • Your story can include effective dialogue

  • Your story must clearly include at least one type of conflict

  • Your story must make clear use of one of the following techniques: foreshadowing, suspense, symbolism or irony (must specify which type on your proposal)

  • Attach the rubric to your final copy and don’t forget to choose a creative and or appropriate title.

Create Your Own Short Story Timeline

Day

Assignment Timeline

Mini Lessons

 

Short Story Map 5 Marks on Gradebook

Story Starters

Nov. 29 Day 1 Nov. 30 Day 2

Writing Workshop: Short Story Organizer & Fill in Short Story Proposal

How to format dialogue

Dec. 3 Day 3

Rough Copy Day 1

How to format your story

Dec. 4 Day 4

Rough Copy Day 2

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Dec. 5 Day 5

Good Copy Day 1

Peer Edit

 

Good Copy Day 2

Self Edit

Dec. 6th Day 6 Dec. 7th Day 7

Final Good Copy is Due

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DUE DATE: Friday, December 7th

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English 10F: Short Story Creative Writing Assignment EVALUATION

Story: _____________________________________

Author: ______________________________

Writing Task: Ideas (4.1.1) Attend to ideas, not structure, in relation to the given task.

Out of Range

 

Below Level

At Level

Above Level

 
 
  • 0 1

 

2

3

4

5

Off Topic. Ideas are off topic

 

Demonstrates limited skill in generating, selecting and evaluating ideas to focus a topic

Generates, evaluates and selects ideas to focus and clarify a topic and create a

Demonstrates superior skill in Generating, evaluating and selecting

Text/ideas are

and create desired effect

desired effect

ideas to focus and clarify a

plagiarized

Ideas are generalized/vague/supe

Ideas are clear, appropriate and

topic and create a desired effect

 

rficial and undeveloped for the stated purpose

adequately developed for the given task

 

Ideas are creative/ perceptive and thoroughly developed for the given task

 

Out of Range

 

Below Level

At Level

 

Above Level

 
 
  • 0 1

 

2

3

4

 

5

Organizational structures are not evident. Text and ideas are plagiarized.

Demonstrates limited skill in selecting and using a variety of organizational structures, techniques and transitions in texts to communicate clearly and effectively

Selects and uses a variety of organizational structures, techniques, and transitions in texts to communicate clearly and effectively.

Demonstrates superior skill in selecting and using a variety of organizational structures, techniques and transitions in texts to communicate clearly and effectively.

 

Out of Range

Below Level

 

At Level

 

Above Level

 
 

0

1

2

3

4

5

Text and/or ideas are plagiarized.

Demonstrates limited skill in using effective language and arranging ideas for emphasis and desired effect. Voice is weak, language is ineffective.

 

Uses effective language and arranges ideas for emphasis and desired effect. Voice is established, language effective.

Demonstrates superior skill in using language and arranging ideas for emphasis and desired effect. Voice is distinct, language is superior.

 

Below Level

 

At Level

 

Above Level

 
 

0

1

2

3

4

5

Out of Range

     

Text and/or ideas are plagiarized

Demonstrates limited or tentative control of the written conventions of language. (errors are distracting and may interfere

Demonstrates capable control of the written conventions of language. (errors my detract from

Demonstrates skillful control of the written conventions of language. (errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation may

with the reader’s understanding

the overall impact of the

exist, but they do not affect the

of the ideas)

work, but they do not affect the meaning)

overall impact)

Writing Task: Organization (4.1.3) Attend to the macro- and micro-organization in relation to the writing variables the student identifies.

Writing Task: Language Use and Arrangement (4.2.4) Attend to syntax and language choices and arrangement in relation to the writing variables the student has identified.

Writing Task: Conventions (Grammar, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation) (4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3) Attend to the relationship between the mechanics and the writing variables the students has identified. Consider the extent to which the errors detract from the overall impact of the work without affecting meaning. (consider the difficulty and risks taken, the variety and frequency of errors, and the length of the written text.)

Writing Workshop:

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Writing Workshop: Short Story Organizer

Characters

Describe your main character’s appearance.

What does the character’s appearance say about him

or her?

Describe some of your main character’s personality or actions.

What do these say about your character?

Other Characters

Details about these Character(s)

Setting

Describe what the setting of your story looks like, when it takes place, what time of the year it is etc.

Explain why the setting you have chosen is important to your story?

Point of View

What point of view will my story be written from? 1 st or 3 rd person / Limited or Omniscient?

Explain why you chose this POV for you story?

Literary Devices

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Identify which literary devices you will incorporate into your short story. Briefly explain how you will incorporate them.

   

Conflict(s)

Identity what type of conflict (external or internal) your character will have. main conflict that will occur in your story.

Explain in detail the

Complications – Detail at least 2 complications that will occur in your story.
Complications – Detail at least 2 complications that will occur in your story.

Climax

What might happen at the most interesting point in my story? What have all of the other events been building up to?

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Falling Action: What will happen after my climax?

Resolution: How does your story end?

Theme

What message or lesson will the reader learn from reading your short story?

Complete the plot diagram with all of your elements listed about. This will be submitted with your story proposal prior to beginning your story rough draft.

English 10F Falling Action: What will happen after my climax? Resolution: How does your story end?

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English 10F Short Story Proposal

Student Name: ___________________________ Teacher Approval: ________________________

After having completed your “English Writing Workshop: Short Story Organizer ” sheet, summarize your story using the following format. Your short story and character brainstorm activities should also be included with your proposal.

The story is about a ________________________________________________________________________

[brief description of main character - introduction]

who ___________________________________________________________________________________

[action or predicament which initiates plot the inciting action]

because __________________________________________________________________________________

[motivation]

but ____________________________________________________________________________________

[ conflict; difficulty or obstacle main character faces rising action]

so ____________________________________________________________________________________

[decision made in an attempt to resolve the conflictcrisis]_

which leads to ___________________________________________________________________________

[highest point of interest in the plot climax]

and finally finishes with __________________________________________________________________

[plot/conflict resolution, ending]

which shows ___________________________________________________________________________

[theme]

Proposal is due: Nov. 30th Final Good Copy is due: Dec. 7th _______________________