December 16, 2014 
 
 
Narrative Assignment: 
 
Rough Drafts must be completed for tomorrow.  We will peer critique and revise in class.
 
Final Copies are due on Friday.  Be sure to follow all directions for title page and format. 
 

Writing an Original Story Conclusion

 

  1. Purpose:  The purpose of this assignment is to create an original conclusion to the story you are given. Imagine what happens next.  You will need to consider the setting, characters, and plot that have already been developed.  You will add to this by developing the subsequent actions and dialogue.  Be sure to maintain a similar mood/atmosphere and have the characters act in a way that makes sense for their given personalities.  Also continue in the same point of view and verb tense that has already been established. The conclusion must make sense and logically follow what has already happened. 

 

  1. Voice:  Voice is the author’s distinctive style. The author writes in such a way as to allow the reader to “hear” his/her personality, purpose for writing, and attitude toward his or her subject and audience.  Try to continue in the same style and voice as the story you are given.

 

  1. Add Details and Description:  As you write, be as detailed as possible:  Specific details make the story come to life.  Describe so that the reader can hear, see, smell, taste, and touch the events, characters, and settings.
  2. Word Choice:  Carefully choose every word.  Think about the best verbs, adverbs, and adjectives to help create a wonderful piece of writing.
  3. Verb Tense:  Continue the story in the same verb tense as the story you are given.

 

  1. Write this additional event/conclusion as a complete story:

 In other words, be sure the event has a developed PLOT:

 

Beginning (Exposition)—the setting, situation, and characters of your original piece are developed further.

 

Middle (Conflict and Climax)—problems are revealed, event is developed, and

                                                    point of greatest excitement is described.

End (Denouement and Conclusion)—tie up loose ends and bring the story to a

                                                             logical conclusion

 

  1. The Writing Process:  Prewrite, Rough Draft, Revise, Rewrite, and Proofread.

 

  1. Point of View:  This must be continued in the same point of view (first person or third person) as the original part of the story you are given.

 

  1. Use the “show me” technique more than the “tell me” technique for description.

For example:  

Show Me:  My hair flicked like black fire, and I thought I was pretty cool riding up and down the block, age five, in my brother’s hand-me-down shirt

Tell me: I was five and I had black hair and wore my brother’s old shirt when I rode my bike down the street.

  1. Smiley-Face Tricks:  You must include at least six different Smiley Face Tricks.  These must be highlighted and labeled in your final copy. 

Example:  The children were running and turning their faces up to the sky and feeling the sun on their cheeks like a warm iron.( SIMILE )

Example:  The theater was a place to dream of possibilities, to escape from my dull life, to experience adventures I’d never known. (MAGIC THREE )

  1. Characterization:  Continue to develop the characters, but keep them consistent with their original story personalities.  Expand on the new part of the story with what they do, say, think, and feel.  What makes these characters tick?  What is their motivation?
  2. Dialogue:  Your story must contain some realistic dialogue.  Be sure to punctuate dialogue properly.
    Remember, for each change of speaker, make a new paragraph.
  3. Organization:  Be sure your story develops in a logical way.  Don’t leave gaps in the development of the plot.  The story must make sense to the reader.  Make sure one event leads logically to the next and that the ending makes sense for what has happened.  Keep it simple, clear, focused, and coherent.  Transitions will help to join thoughts and events throughout the story.  USE TRANSITIONS!!

 

  1. Length and Format:

 

C O V E R    P A G E 

·         Find a picture/painting which represents the setting of your story.  Put this picture on the cover page. 

 

·         In the top left corner, use your usual heading:

                           Your name

                           Mrs. Gonnella

                           Language Arts (Section)

                           Due Date

·         Also, put a title on this cover page. You may make this as big and as creative as you like. 

·         Also, write the word THEME and write out the theme of your story. 

 

YOUR ORIGINAL CONCLUSION:  This should be typed, 12 font, double spaced, Times New Roman. It must be between two and three pages long—NO MORE AND NO LESS!!!!

 

Be creative and imaginative as you develop your story.  As I read, I want to be able to understand the feelings and thoughts of the characters, I want to be able to put myself in your setting, and I want to be excited by the events and conflicts.(Repetition for effect! )