Fiction Due

Hi folks! You have the hour to do the following:

  • Post your fiction (short story or novel excerpt) on your blog
  • Open Google Classroom and click on the assignment, “SHORT STORY OR NOVEL EXCERPT (Summative Assessment)”
  • Fill out the top half of the rubric, then click “Turn In.”
  • Read other people’s blogs and post comments

Whatever you don’t finish is due by midnight SUNDAY tonight.

Happy writing!



Fiction: Peer-editing

Daily Prompt #31: Writing from a Word


What comes to your mind when you see this word?

Write for five minutes.

Today, you’re going to have your peers help you improve your fiction piece.


All of you will receive a peer editing form. Staple this to the front of your rough draft. If your fiction piece is on an electronic device, make sure the paper travels with it.

The sheet has a front and back side. The front side is for editor #1 and the back side is for editor #2. Have two different students read your fiction piece.

The more serious you take this, the more beneficial it will be.

When you are done, use the time remaining to read the editors’ comments, ask questions, and fine tune your rough drafts.





Fiction: Self-editing

Daily Prompt #30: Catharsis

Write whatever is on your mind right now.

Take five minutes.

Today, the goal is to FINISH YOUR ROUGH DRAFTS.

Already done? Fantastic! You can jump right into self-editing . Self-editing is not required, but it’s highly encouraged.  Keep in mind we will be peer editing tomorrow, so get your essay in the best shape you can today.

If at all possible, bring a typed copy of your rough draft to class tomorrow. If you can’t, make sure you write legibly.  🙂

Fiction: Dialogue

Daily Prompt #29: How many ways can you rewrite a sentence?

Take a sentence from the rough draft of your fiction piece and rewrite it at the top of this entry.

NOW, rewrite this sentence five times in five different ways.  You can add words, delete words, or take an entirely new angle.  The key is to start recognizing how much time you can spend crafting the perfect sentence.

Be prepared to share with your peers.


Let’s take a look at the fiction rubric on Google Classroom so you know exactly how you will be graded.


Today, I want to make sure you know how to write dialogue correctly.  Dialogue can be a powerful tool when writing fiction, especially when it sounds authentic.


With the time remaining, continue working on your rough drafts. Tomorrow will be your last day in class to work on them.


Also, are you participating in NaPoWriMo.?

This is the place to let us know you’re participating: I’m participating!

Happy writing!



Class Chain Story

Daily Prompt #28: Catharsis

Write for five minutes about whatever is floating around your brain right now.

Today you’re going to have fun writing collaboratively.

Step One:
Everyone, open your notebook to a fresh page.  Write down a title for a story which doesn’t exist (yet).

Step Two:
When everyone is done, pass your notebooks to the left. Read the title of the new notebook in your hand, then begin writing the beginning of a story for it.

Step Three:
Whenever the teacher says, “Pass!” you should pass to the left. You will do this several times.

Step Four:
When it is the last pass, the teacher will tell you so that you know to finish the story.

By the end of the activity, you will each get your notebooks back, complete with a story created by the class.

Have fun!


One last thing: let’s talk about NaPoWriMo.

This is the place to let us know you’re participating: I’m participating!

Fiction: Figurative and Concrete Language

Daily Prompt #27: Inspired by great writers


What do you think Anton Chekhov means by this? What’s he getting at?

Take five minutes to write your thoughts.


Figurative and concrete language help to make your writing vivid and, ultimately, more interesting. Let’s do some writing exercises to practice!

Figurative Language: language that is different from the literal interpretation. They are figures of speech. Examples would be metaphor, simile, and personification, just to name a few.

Write the following sentence in your notebook.

The girl was sad.

Rewrite this sentence now, using a metaphor.

Now use a simile.

Now use personification.

Now use apostrophe. Bet you do not know this one! It’s when a character speaks to someone who cannot speak back, often an inanimate object. A classic example is the children’s song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Another example is when Hamlet talks to a dagger he is imagining is in front of him.

See? There are so many ways to describe how this girl is sad. Figurative language can make her sadness more beautiful, more poignant.


Let’s consider concrete language now: language which appeals to all the senses. This type of language helps you show rather than tell in your writing.

Write the following sentence in your notebook:

The boy was happy.

Using all five senses, write a brief paragraph which shows the boy’s happiness.

  • sight
  • sound
  • smell
  • taste
  • touch


With the time remaining, continue working on your works of fiction and, if you’re ready, start inserting more figurative and concrete language.