November 11, 2020 | Brent Harris
Over the last couple weeks, 7th and 8th grade students have been working on their creative writing skills. Officially, we are in the midst of the “Realistic Fiction Short Story Writing Unit.”
So far, I’ve been really thankful for the following two things:
We’ve spent the last couple weeks reading short stories and coming up with short story plots on our own. We’ve read a few short stories during this unit including “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. While we read these short stories, we’ve been paying close attention to short story structure, and we’ve noted that almost all short stories have a number of things in common:
After reading these stories, we practiced writing some story outlines of our own. We chose five random words, and students had to create a short story plot that had those words, in some capacity, in the story. Again, I was impressed with the students’ creativity and ability to draw connections between the randomly chosen words. After they completed their outline ideas, students had to write the first quarter of the story. We’ve been noting that the first quarter of the story is of paramount importance. It’s where the author hooks in the audience and gets their main emotion across clearly.
The students are now working on their Final Short Story assignment which is due next Thursday before Thanksgiving Break. If you are curious to see the expectations for the assignment, click this link!
As a teacher, I love when the students are excited about the content. It seems to me like we have a bunch of really talented creative writers at MSS. If you have a moment, perhaps ask your child to share some of the creative writing they’ve done during this unit, and maybe you can take a peek at their final draft too once they’ve wrapped it up.