Short Story and Novel Excerpts 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 #23: 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.





Character Development, Point of View, and Verb Tense

Daily Prompt #24Story Title Ideas

What would be some good ideas for titles for your fiction piece? Make a list of as many as you can.

Write for five minutes.


Today, I want you to start creating well-developed characters for the plot lines you began yesterday and deciding which point of view you want to tell your story from. Finally, you have to decide on a verb tense and make sure you are consistent!

First, let’s review the packet on “Creating Well-Developed Characters” together.


Today, we’re also going to consider point of view when writing our stories.

One way of considering it is by first (I), second (you), and third person (he/she) limited (we read thoughts of only certain characters) and omniscient (all-knowing).

Beyond these, you also have to think about the characters in your story. Sure, you know you want to use first person, but what if you use first person from the perspective of the family cat? Perspective is an integral part of point of view. Your possibilities are truly endless.

There are also advanced techniques such as free indirect style, stream-of-consciousness, and the unreliable narrator. Which will you choose?

As a writer, you have to really consider why you’re writing this story so you know who will be your most impactful storyteller.

Let’s play around with this idea for a bit by starting with a general scenario.

A family is seated around the dinner table.

Mom (Diana): 47
Dad (Robert): 50
Daughter (Carly): 18
Son (Josh) :15
Daughter (Elle): 18 months
Pug (Othello): 10 (56 in dog years)

During dinner, Carly is going to announce she saw Josh kissing a girl at school. The reactions the family has (and how Carly announces it) are entirely up to you.

Each table will be assigned one of the following guidelines. Notice you are being assigned a verb tense as well (past or present).

  • First person, Carly’s perspective. Past tense.
  • Third person limited, Josh’s perspective. Present tense.
  • Third person omniscient. Past tense.
  • First person, Robert’s perspective. Present tense.
  • Third person limited, Elle’s perspective. Past tense.
  • Second person. present.
  • First person, Diana’s perspective. Past tense.

Let’s share a few to hear the difference.


For the remainder of the hour, complete as much of the character questionnaire as you can in your notebooks. Your ideas may change as you continue to develop your story and that’s okay!  The key is to simply start. I also want you to commit to a point of view and verb tense by writing your name on a post-it and putting it on the appropriate board.

I’d like to see your questionnaires when you’re done to give you points and mini conference.

Novel Excerpt Due

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

  • Post your novel excerpt on your blog
  • Open Google Classroom, click on the assignment, “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 night.

Happy writing!


Plot: the Hero’s Journey

Daily Prompt #19: Considering yourself as a character

Guess what?  There’s going to be a book written about you!  What’s the title?  
Come up with at least one idea that you think each of the following people would suggest.

* Yourself
* Your mom (or dad or guardian: your choice)
* Your best friend
* Your worst enemy (or someone who doesn’t really care for you or someone who doesn’t really know you)
* Your pet (or your favorite toy or possession)

Take seven minutes.

As you start to develop ideas for your pieces of fiction, you need to closely consider the plot of your story. Aside from the traditional mountain peak plotline, another way of checking to make sure your plot is interesting is by testing it against the hero’s journey.

At your table, using the diagram provided, take a story or movie you all know and see how it fits this plot. Write it on a whiteboard and be prepared to share with the class.

Developing your plot is probably going to be one of the hardest aspects of this unit. Tomorrow, we will spend some time generating ideas for potential plots.

For the remainder of the hour, start making a list of some general ideas you have for stories. Or, if you already have your ready, begin working on it.