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Ancillary #1

The assignment is simple. Write 3-5 pages of a creative story. It doesnt have to be
unified, nor does it need to be realistic. Any genre of writing is open to exploration.
In a 3-5 page, double-spaced story:
Create a world and share your viewpoint. The key to writing a piece of short
fiction is to get to the point quickly and with as much detail as possible
You may delve into any genre you want. Do not limit yourself to the real world.
Let your imagination unfurl.
Focus your story, and write as much as you can, then edit it down to 5 pages
maximum
3 pages is the minimum, but if you can write 5 pages that is fine. DO NOT GO
OVER THE 5 PAGES. Your story doesnt need to wrap up, but it should have a
clear ending. In short fiction, the reader should be left thinking about the story.

USE VIVID DETAIL, AND MAKE THE


STORY EXCITING!!!
Tips for a successful paper:
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!!! The hardest part is starting, once you have some ideas down
on paper, pick one and try to stretch it. It has to be at least 3 FULL PAGES!
Use your outside sources! If there is a story in the newspaper, or a song you like, can you
rewrite what you read into something creative and new?
What is your intent in writing? Are you going to tell a true story, or something fictional?
Remember, you are trying to write something you are proud of and think others would
want to read. Dont just write something to satisfy the assignment.

Submission Details:
FINAL DUE Friday Sept 26th
MLA format

2-5 FULL pages, double-spaced


12 pt font (Times New Roman only)

Attach the Rubric sheet to the FRONT of your FINISHED paper.

NAME______________________________________________________BLOCK__________
Creative Writing Rubric (-10pts if not submitted with paper)
Outcome

10

Students will write


well organized,
cohesive papers.

Work functions
well as a whole.
Piece has a clear
flow and a sense
of purpose.

Response has
either a strong
lead, developed
body, or
satisfying
conclusion, but
not all three.

Uneven.
Awkward or
missing
transitions.
Weakly unified.

Wanders.
Repetitive.
Inconclusive.

Incoherent and
fragmentary.
Student didn't
write enough to
judge.

Students will use


appropriate voice
and tone in writing.

Voice is confident
and appropriate.
Consistently
engaging. Active,
not passive voice.
Natural. A strong
sense of both
authorship and
audience.

The speaker
sounds as if he is
struggling to tell
the story. Or the
voice fades in
and out.
Occasionally
passive.

Tone is okay. But


the paper could
have been written
by anyone.
Apathetic or
artificial. Overly
formal or
informal.

"I just want to get


this over with."

Mechanical and
cognitive
problems so
basic that tone
doesn't even
figure in. Student
didn't write
enough to judge.

Students will
demonstrate
original, creative
writing.

Excellent use of
imagery; similes;
vivid, detailed
descriptions;
figurative
language; puns;
wordplay;
metaphor; irony.
Surprises the
reader with
unusual
associations,
breaks
conventions,
thwarts
expectations.

Some startling
images, a few
stunning
associative leaps
with a weak
conclusion or
lesser, more
ordinary images
and comparisons.
Inconsistent.

Sentimental,
predictable, or
clich.

Borrows ideas or
images from
popular culture in
an unreflective
way.

Cursory
response.
Obvious lack of
motivation and/or
poor
understanding of
the assignment.

Shows teacher pre-writing or 1st draft 20pts


Completes 2nd Draft and has peer review it
20pts
3. Completes 3rd Draft and has a different
peer review it 20 pts
4. Completes 4th Draft and Meets with
Teacher or Tutor 20 pts
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