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WRITING ASSIGNMENT

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									                               WRITING ASSIGNMENT

                                Short Story In First Person

        Write a first-person short story based loosely on an experience you or someone you
know actually had. I say "based on" -- this means you should feel free to add or subtract
characters, change the time or place, alter the dialogue, etc. In other words, tell a true story but
feel free to lie about (embellish or alter) any details to make it both more meaningful and more
believable and more dramatic.

        The experience you write about should be one which made you significantly different or
changed your perception about yourself, your friends, your family, or the world. Some
important changes you might consider, though this is not an exhaustive or even comprehensive
list. A moment when:

        a stereotype was shattered
        you lost or found a friend
        you knew you'd never be the same again
        you made the right or wrong decision
        you were "initiated" into a new experience: love, death, etc.
        you realized something important about yourself
        you were left permanently less trusting, less innocent, less
         confident
        your picture of the way the world worked was changed
        you realized you were more foolish or wise, more brave or
         cowardly, than you thought
        you won or lost faith in others or yourself

       This assignment requires creating a character (“yourself,” a first-person narrator) who
undergoes an experience that leaves the character changed. Thus the action described is
"moving" action, not "fixed" action. It is action that does not repeat itself, such as as the events in
a "typical" day might be repeated, but is, rather, action that leads toward change, the action of
an out-of-the-ordinary day.

       You're also adding another important new element -- writing about an event, a series of
events, in time. You're adding theme (the significance of the action) and plot (the action).

       The object of this story is to convey in a dramatic way the emotional impact of an event
on a character or narrator (the "you" of the story, called "I" in the narration), not to merely make
the point or to show there was a lesson to be learned. The challenge is to get the reader to relive
the experience with the narrator, not merely understand what happened. Keep in mind the
elements of literature -- suspense, conflict and climax, description, characterization, motivation,
theme, etc.
       Point of View: First Person

       Characters: Your story should include two- and only two- main characters.
       Complete the character description sheet for each character. Remember that your
       main characters should be “round” and at least one should be “dynamic”.

       Setting: Choose a time, place, year, etc. for your setting. Remember to use plenty of
       adjectives and adverbs as well as other details like clothing, the president, the weather,
       etc. to describe the place. Complete the setting details handout to establish your
       setting.

       Conflict: What is your conflict? You may choose only one main conflict for your
       story. Remember that there are many types of conflicts (man v. man, man v. nature,
       man v. society, man v. himself). How will this conflict be resolved?

       Theme: What message or lesson do you want to deliver to your readers? How do
       the conflict and the resolution to the conflict contribute to the theme?

       Plot: Complete a plot chart for your story. You should have:

                  o An exposition
                  o Two events in the rising action
                  o The main conflict (Climax)
                  o One event in the falling action
                  o The final resolution




**Your story should be typed or written in ink. It should be at least two pages long. **




Important Due Dates:
                                            Setting
Complete these questions using as much detail as possible. You may not use each answer
in your story, but it will help you to develop your setting.

Where is the story taking place?

How does it look?

How does it smell?

How does it sound?

What is the temperature?

What is the year?

What is the season?

What is the month?

What is the day?

What is the time?

Who is the president?

What are some of the major world events happening at this time?

What are people wearing?

What are the popular hairstyles?

What kind of music is popular?

What are the popular TV shows and movies?

What, if any, technology is being used?
                                      Characters

Character 1
What is your character’s full name?

Age?

What is he/she wearing?


What does he/she look like?


What are his/her mannerisms?


How does he/she talk?   Does he/she say anything different or with an accent?


Make a list of his/her likes.


Make a list of his/her dislikes.


How does your character react with he/she is:
      Happy-
      Mad-
      Sad-
      Worried-

What does your character do in his/her free time?


Other descriptions:
Character 2

What is your character’s full name?

Age?

What is he/she wearing?


What does he/she look like?


What are his/her mannerisms?


How does he/she talk?   Does he/she say anything different or with an accent?


Make a list of his/her likes.


Make a list of his/her dislikes.


How does your character react with he/she is:
      Happy-
      Mad-
      Sad-
      Worried-

What does your character do in his/her free time?


Other descriptions:
                                            PLOT



Conflict

   1.   What is the main conflict in your story?




   2. How does the conflict begin?




   3. Who is involved in this conflict?




   4. Do other small conflicts arise from the main conflict?




   5. How will the conflict be resolved?



Theme

   1.      What is the message or lesson that you want to deliver to your readers?



   2.      How does the resolution of the conflict contribute to the theme?
Create a plot chart outlining the events in your story (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax,
Falling Action, Resolution).

Expostion- Introduce the characters and setting; give important background details.
Rising Action- Two events that lead to the Climax
Climax-The main Conflict
Falling Action- One event leading to the Resolution
Resolution- Conflict is resolved and change is revealed

								
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