Grade 9 Children’s Hero Tale
This contract outlines the agreement between ___________ of the ISM Publishing Company
and who has agreed to be the author of a Personalised Epic Hero Storybook
of not more than 14 pages (maximum four pages of illustrations) for an Elementary School Student. You
will be writing a story starring: , who is a student in
Step 1: The Questionnaire and Planning the Interview
Create a questionnaire to gather basic information from your Little Hero. Decide how you are going to work with your
Little Hero (consider their age and that you will be meeting them for the first time)
a) First graders are people; don't talk "cute" or down to them.
b) Sit on the floor with them in a non threatening way. They may be intimidated by your size.
c) Appear calm and pleased to be interviewing him.
d) Focus eyes and attention on her while jotting down her responses.
e) Keep your voice level and controlled. Speak quietly to help keep the chaos level low.
f) Allow child to show you the classroom, her work, or read a book of her choice to her following the
interview. Thirty minutes should be sufficient for the process, allowing all interviews to be
Step 2: The Interview
You will be meeting your little hero on ______________________________to interview him/her and gather
information for your tale. The publisher will also be taking pictures which can be used on the dedication page of your
Step 3: The Draft
Begin drafting a Heroic Tale starring your Little Hero.
You must incorporate the key parts of the journey: ordinary world, the call, the journey with ordeals, , final
ordeal andreturn with the elixir to receive full payment:
You must incorporate at least one ordeals
They must have a helper and a companion.
To help with the editing of it, this draft must be typed up!
The rest is up to you and your imagination.
Some story writing suggestions to keep in mind:
1) Good is always distinguishable as good; bad as bad. The child represents good.
2) The journey is to a fantasy land. However, a safe return to reality is expected. An element from the fantasy
world may return to reality if it is an asset to the child.
3) Repetitive sounds and words (e.g. Swamp of Sadness) can be effective. You might use repeated phrases or
actions, (e.g. dragon burns up several forests with his fiery breath before coming tired).
4) Things often happen in threes.
5) Tasks seem insurmountable but are overcome either by the child's own talents or with the assistance of the
good creature or forces.
6) Creatures come in all sizes.
7) Fantasy names should reflect a desired image (i.e., The Forest of Friends, Sea of Possibilities)
8) Impossible becomes possible. For example, travel through space without breathing apparatus is normal.
9) The journey is a quest with a mission or purpose.
* It is important that the bad or nasty creatures should never be so frightening as to make its young reader afraid to
open the book.
Your first draft (writing only) is due: __________________________________. It will be peer edited for content and
appropriateness. Stories must be typewritten and double spaced for ease of editing. Your story should be specific to
the child, include personal details and the language should be age appropriate.
Step 4: The Final Draft
You must have:
A front cover with Title, Author name and Illustration.
A dedication page with dedication to the Little Hero (you can have a photo here).
A title page with Title, Author and date of publication (month and year is fine).
A back cover.
You can only have 4 pages of illustrations in your story. This is not an art project.
You are limited to a total of 10 pages for your story. With the front cover, dedication page, title page and
back cover, the most is 14 pages.
Your completed story should be handed in on ____________________________
Step 5: The Final Proof
The pages will be proofed by your teacher (amended by you if needed) and then bound.
The binding can be done with yarn, string or ribbon. You can put it into a booklet. The choice is yours.
Step 6: CD recording (see separate handout)
Step 7: The Story Sharing
A story sharing party will be held _______________________. You will read from your story. You will also deliver
the copy of the story with CD to the Little Hero.
Authors not meeting the deadlines outlined in this contract will be fined according to the ISM English Publishing Late
All authors have the publisher’s permission to make a copy of the finished work to keep as part of their collection of
The author agrees to the above conditions and deadlines. The author will notify the publishers immediately if he/she
becomes aware that he/she will not be able to meet the set deadlines. The Author guarantees that all aspects of this
book will be authentic.
The publisher agrees to act as an advisor / sounding board for all aspects of the project.
Author’s Signature Date
Agreement of Fees:
Interview Questions and Interview Minor __________________
The Writing Process
First Draft Minor __________________
The Storybook Medium_________________
Heroic Pattern will be graded here ` /35 English 1 Creative Writing Rubric
Front cover, dedication page, title page, within page limit /10 marks
back cover, page numbers, clean copies.
TOTAL 45-40 39-34 33-30 29-25 24-21 20-17 16-15 14 13 12-11 10-9 8-0
ISM LEVEL A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F