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					NAME ________________________________________________HMRM___#___DATE_____________
                                Writing a Ghost Story
                             DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

      A. The Setting (Where? When?)

      Which of these settings is most effective? HIGHLIGHT THE LETTERS OF ALL OF
      THE “SHOWING” SETTING DESCRIPTIONS. THEN HIGHLIGHT THE DETAILS
      THAT MAKE THEM SO “SHOWING.”

      A. Craven Hall was a crumbling, red-brick building set in a valley between steep,
      limestone hills. The window panes had all been broken. An overgrown rose bush
      by the front door had toppled over and now blocked the entrance. Peering into
      the gloomy interior, Debbie could see a long dining table covered with the melted
      remains of over a hundred candles.

      B. It was an old house. It was very spooky. It gave me a kind of weird feeling.

      C. No. 23 Kathmandu Road was a colonial bungalow. Until the 1950s some well-
      off English family had lived there. Now the roof tiles were mossy and the white
      walls were flaking. Rotting bamboo blinds screened the verandas and shuttered
      windows creaked in the breeze. At dusk, bats streamed out from under the eaves
      and disappeared into the mango trees.

      D. The castle was really big. It looked weird. There was thunder and lightning.

      E. The castle stood on a cliff overlooking a fast moving stream. Sharp turrets
      rose out of the mist and each flash of lightning revealed the gruesome gargoyles
      that crouched under the eaves.

      Now you try!

      WRITE A VIVID DESCRIPTION OF THE SETTING FOR YOUR GHOST STORY. (ON
      PAPER)

      The Characters

      Which of the following character descriptions is most effective? HIGHLIGHT THE
      LETTERS OF ALL OF THE “SHOWING” CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS. THEN
      HIGHLIGHT THE DETAILS THAT MAKE THEM SO “SHOWING.”

      A. Katrina was a short girl. She was normal. She liked netball. Her favorite kind of
      music was pop music. She lived in Jakarta.

      B. Kazuo Imoto walked with a limp caused by a car accident during his childhood
      in Kyoto. He wore small round spectacles but frequently removed these and
      waved them around as he spoke. His hair had started to recede and his high
      forehead seemed to glow slightly.

      C. Emma Carter made friends easily. Her gentle smile and relaxed manner
      encouraged people to trust her. She had fair hair, usually tied back with a simple
NAME ________________________________________________HMRM___#___DATE_____________
                                Writing a Ghost Story
                             DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

      ribbon, and preferred jeans to skirts. Her nose was her strongest feature, quite
      long but still attractive. She resembled a bird of prey, Nana thought.

      D. The ghost was horrible. It looked like white light. It had fangs. There was blood
      on the fangs. It was scary.

      E. The man stroked his dark moustache and grinned. I noticed a gold tooth. "How
      do you do?" he asked, offering a gloved hand. Driving gloves? Or was he feeling
      cold? I extended my own hand and was startled to find that I was grasping
      nothing but air.

      Now you try!

      WRITE A VIVID “SHOWING” DESCRIPTION OF YOUR GHOST STORY
      CHARACTER. (ON PAPER)

      Opening a Story

      Stories can begin in various ways. Which of the following openings are effective?
      HIGHLIGHT THE LETTERS OF ALL OF BEST OPENINGS.

      A. "Let’s get the hell out of here now! Run! Run!"

      B. Archie yelled, pushing past me and out into the dark garden. I stumbled after
      him, crashing like a blind elephant through the sunflowers.

      C. One day when I was living in Japan, I visited a mountain with my family. We
      climbed for about one hour until we reached an old Buddhist temple. The temple
      was surrounded by tall fir trees. My father told me that the temple was haunted.

      D. The shape slithered closer. Dark, slimy, blood-red. I smelled a stench like
      rotting meat. My mouth went dry. I tried to scream but only a choking sound
      came out.

      E. The abandoned boarding house stood among tall rain trees, its walls choked
      by weeds and grass. Dead cockroaches littered the empty drawers and cobwebs
      threaded the stale air. Lockers lay on bedroom floors like fallen soldiers on a
      battleground. Students were forbidden to go there, of course, but Yusry Adam
      was curious and the challenge excited him. So now his footsteps echoed in the
      long corridor as he followed the pale light of his torch.

      Now you try!

      WRITE A VIVIDLY DESCRIPTIVE OPENING PARAGRAPH FOR YOUR GHOST
      STORY. (ON PAPER)


       *****NOW USE YOUR SETTING, CHARACTER DESCRIPTION, AND
       INTRODUCTION AND PUT IT ALL TOGETHER INTO A COMPLETE GHOST
       STORY OF 200-250 WORDS. (ON PAPER)*****
                                                                    Frankie Meehan

				
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