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 #32: Writing from a Word

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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 and Point of View

Daily Prompt #25: Considering the craft of writing

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Respond to this quote. Write for five minutes.

 

Today, we’re going to consider point of view when writing our stories. Let’s start with a quick brainstorm. What do you think of when you hear point of view?

One way of considering it is by first, second, and third person. Within those, there are variations. The handout I’m providing will help you keep these straight.

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.

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.

Characters:
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.

Write with the following guidelines:

  • First person, Carly’s perspective
  • Third person limited, Josh’s perspective
  • Third person omniscent, any (or all) characters you choose
  • First person, Robert’s perspective
  • Third person limited, Elle’s perspective
  • Pick a point of view and character we haven’t used yet.

Use the remainder of the hour to work on your fiction pieces.

One last thing: let’s talk about NaPoWriMo.

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

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.

Fiction writing: Peer-editing

Daily Prompt #39: Writing from a Word

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What comes to your mind when you see this word?

Write for seven minutes.

First, you’re going to share your fiction with ONE peer and have them fill out a peer editing form.


Next, you’re going to get into groups based upon which aspect of your fiction you want the most help with. These are the five groups:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue
  • Language (figurative and concrete language)
  • Conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation)

In these groups, pass your papers around and focus ONLY on this aspect of the writing, taking the time to make notes directly on the paper, as well as the peer editing form.