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.
an Original Story Conclusion
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Word Choice: Carefully choose every word. Think about the best verbs, adverbs, and
adjectives to help create a wonderful piece of writing.
- Verb Tense: Continue the story in the same verb
tense as the story you are given.
- Write this additional event/conclusion
as a complete story:
In other words, be sure the event has a
Beginning (Exposition)—the setting, situation, and
characters of your original piece are developed further.
Middle (Conflict and Climax)—problems are revealed, event is
point of greatest excitement is described.
End (Denouement and Conclusion)—tie up loose ends and bring
the story to a
- The Writing Process: Prewrite, Rough Draft, Revise, Rewrite,
- 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.
- Use the “show me” technique more
than the “tell me” technique for description.
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.
- 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
- 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?
- Dialogue: Your story must contain some realistic
dialogue. Be sure to punctuate
Remember, for each change of speaker, make a new paragraph.
- 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
- Length and Format:
C O V E R P A G E
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:
Also, put a
title on this cover page. You may make this as big and as creative as
Also, write the word THEME and write out the theme of your story.
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!!!!
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!