Creating a Short Story

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  • Student PageTitleIntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusionCredits[Teacher Page]For EducatorsDesigned bySamantha Spicersfs17@zips.uakron.eduBased on a template from The WebQuest PageCreating a Short Story

  • Student PageTitleIntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusionCredits[Teacher Page]Students will learn the different components of what makes a story. They will research websites as tools to help them better understand the different components. They will then be paired up with a classmate to create their own short story. They must start with a specific idea then go off and answer questions like who, what, where, when, and why.

    What is a Short Story?A short story is a fully developed story with a theme but less elaborate than a novel. A short story consists of an introduction; which is the beginning of a story, the background information. Here you name the setting, the situation, and a main character. After the introduction there must be a conflict, the conflict occurs, then the after math of the conflict or the resolution. Short stories must answer the question of the 5 Ws; who, what, where, when, why, and why.


  • Student PageIntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusionCredits[Teacher Page]When its all said and done you will be able to:You will start with a graphic organizer to get down all of your ideas on paper to better organize what you will write in your short storyBe able to create a main characterIntroduce a problem the main character is encounteringBe able to create a setting and background information for the main characterAnswer the 5 Ws: who, what, where, when, whyFind a resolution to the conflictThen put all of these components together to create a short storyWhen it is all done and put together the students will stand up in front of the class and read their short stories aloud to the other students.You will become experts at short stories!

    TitleThe Task:

  • Student PageTitleIntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusionCredits[Teacher Page]You will find a classmate and partner upAs a team the two of you will follow the link to a website where you can read short stories to get examples for your own. Short Stories

    Do not directly steal from these stories. Use your own imagination to create your own, these are simply a helpful tool.Next you two will go through and learn what each element of a short story is that will need to be included into your story. Elements of a Short StoryYou will create your main character and the problem he/she has going on in this story.Develop one or two side characters to enhance the story.You will pick a setting; where the story takes placesGive background detail about why the character has this problem.Tell us what happened leading up to the big moment where the problem occurs.Tell us how the main character deals with the problem.After tell us how the main character got through his/her problem and is doing now.Make sure you include dialogue amongst your main characters and the other characters.When you are done answering the above questions and creating an rough draft to your story, print out this graphic organizer and fill in this graphic organizer to help you remember everything. Story MapAfter you are finished putting your ideas down onto the story map, you will then begin to develop a rough draft of your story. In your rough draft make sure you answer the 5 Ws.

    A rough draft is the beginning stages of writing, it is the first sample before you submit your final story. It allows you to correct and adjust what you like and dislikeAfter you have written your rough draft you will bring it to me for me to check and make minor corrections.Once I have completed the editing and have given it back you will go ahead and write your final draft. Your final draft must include all the details that are listed above in order to get a complete and good grade on the assignment. When your story is all complete you will then think a catchy tittle that goes along with your short story. That will have its own page in the beginning of your story. Finally you and your partner will share your story out loud for the whole class to hear what you have come up with!GOOD LUCK!

    The Process:

  • Student PageTitleIntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusionCredits[Teacher Page]Evaluation:Follow this link to find your rubric: this is how your short story will be graded.The elements that are on the rubric are:IntroductionCharactersSettingProblem/ConflictActionSolution/ResolutionDialogueTitle Spelling and PunctuationCreativity

    This short story is worth a total of 40 points!

  • Student PageTitleIntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusionCredits[Teacher Page]In this lesson you have not only learned about short stories and the different elements are such as: Introduction, Problem/Conflict, Setting, Characters, and Resolution. You also learned how to write a simple story with many different details included. This will help you in later years when you must complete different writing assignments with the same concepts. Finally you learned how to work as a team which you will always need to know how to do! Conclusion:

  • Student PageTitleIntroductionTaskProcessEvaluationConclusionCredits[Teacher Page]Elements of a StoryJump StartWriting ProcessThe WebQuest Page The WebQuest Slideshare GroupShort Story DefinitionRough Draft

    Thank You:Marilyn CroskeyLouden WebsterBarb SpicerClip ArtCredits & References: