Free Daily & Weekly Downloads
Lesson Plans on famous individuals and moments in history
Writing Workshop: Crafting a Compelling Short Story
Title: Writing Workshop: Crafting a Compelling Short Story
Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3)
Subject: English Language Arts
Summary: This writing workshop activity will engage eighth-grade students in crafting a compelling short story, while developing their writing skills and creativity.
Topic: Short Story Writing
- Know the elements of a short story, including plot, characters, setting, and theme.
- Understand the importance of creating a strong opening, developing conflict, and crafting a satisfying resolution in a short story.
- Can write a compelling short story using appropriate grammar, punctuation, and descriptive language.
This activity will be conducted as a writing workshop, allowing students to actively engage in the writing process. It will involve a combination of individual and group work, brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing.
- Writing notebooks or paper
- Pens or pencils
- Access to a computer or tablet for research (optional)
Step 1: Introduction (15 minutes)
Begin the workshop by discussing the elements of a short story, including plot, characters, setting, and theme. Show examples of well-crafted short stories to inspire students.
Step 2: Brainstorming (20 minutes)
Ask students to brainstorm ideas for their own short stories. Encourage them to think creatively and consider different genres or themes.
Step 3: Outlining (15 minutes)
Guide students in creating an outline for their short stories. Emphasize the importance of a strong opening, developing conflict, and crafting a satisfying resolution.
Step 4: Drafting (30 minutes)
Allow students time to write the first draft of their short stories. Encourage them to focus on their ideas and not worry too much about grammar or punctuation at this stage.
Step 5: Peer Feedback (15 minutes)
Pair students up and have them exchange their drafts. Instruct them to provide constructive feedback on each other's stories, focusing on strengths and areas for improvement.
Step 6: Revision (20 minutes)
Based on the feedback received, students should revise their drafts, making necessary changes and improvements.
Step 7: Editing (15 minutes)
Guide students in editing their revised drafts for grammar, punctuation, and clarity. Encourage the use of descriptive language to enhance the reader's experience.
Step 8: Finalizing (20 minutes)
Students should write the final version of their short stories, incorporating all the revisions and edits made.
Assess the students' short stories based on the following criteria:
- Plot development
- Setting description
- Theme exploration
- Grammar and punctuation
- Use of descriptive language
Provide feedback to each student, highlighting their strengths and areas for improvement. Consider organizing a short story reading session where students can share their work with the class.