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STORY IN A WEEK Tales of Utopia

Need Group leaders, Promoters, Illustrators, Editors

A set of short stories/fables (each student contributes one story to a final compilation) Your story must include a quote you select...from Animal Farm. Write a short story of 700-1000 words.

  • Day 2- Mini Saga - must begin NLT October 19
    • Mini Saga's - Selecting a theme for your story
    • Commenting on other's Mini Sagas
Writing a Mini-Saga

A mini saga is a story that is told in exactly 50 words - not 49 or 51 but exactly 50 words. 50 words is not a lot. With some discipline and creativity, you can say a lot in 50 words. Many writers start their books using mini-sagas. They are great way to kick ideas around without too much fuss

I hope this lens inspires you to write your own mini saga. Here are a few benefits of writing a mini saga:

Benefit #1: Writing a mini saga expands your creativity. When you have too many rules, most people give up!. When you have to put everything in 50words, you have to 'leave behind' a lot. That's where the creative juices start flowing.

Benefit #2: Writing a mini saga stretches your thinking. What will you write about? You have to think about topics that will fit in 50 words or squeeze them to fit in 50 words. That puts thinking on overdrive mode.

Benefit #3: Writing a mini saga enhances your discipline. Deciding what to write about, deciding what to leave behind and putting it in 50words requires discipline throughout."

Here are some samples.

He dialed the number again. It was wrong number. That’s three times in a row! Something was wrong. The number seemed OK. Just when he was about to give up, he figured out, he found that the last two digits were interchanged in his phone book. That explained it all!

John was a regular in that train. Today seemed different, probably because of Sally who was in New York for work. They started the conversation casually but both became very close in less than thirty minutes. They exchanged phone numbers, of course. John promptly called a day later – “Wrong number!”

  • Day 3 - Writing, sharing and editing your story
    • * Rough Drafts are due** you must bring a hard copy...
      • Editors will revise and edit
      • Adobe Dry Run?

    • Write Final Drafts
    • Edit and share with partner - Continue to revise - Final Drafts due Day 4
    • Prepare slide and presentation for Friday activity with Dean Groom
  • Day 4 - Share final drafts with editors...editors make final cuts
  • Day 5
    • Editors prepare book for final publishing
    • Promoters prepare promotional commercial/skit/presentation to sell your book

Utopian Story Rubric

The reader’s attention was not caught in the first paragraph.
A catchy beginning was attempted but was confusing rather than catchy.
First paragraph has a weak “grabber”.
First paragraph has a “grabber” or catchy beginning.
Ideas and scenes seem to be randomly arranged.
This story is a little hard to follow. The transitions are sometimes not clear.
The story is pretty well organized. One idea or scene may seem out of place. Clear transitions are used.
The story is very well organized. One idea or scene follows another in a logical sequence with clear , interesting transitions.
The story trails off with no resolution or sense of what will happen.
The story has a common or forced ending which the reader accepts.
The story comes to a clear resolution or deliberately leaves us wondering.
The story comes to an intriguing or satisfying conclusion and we can predict what sorts of things could happen next.
The final draft has 5 or more spelling, usage and/or punctuation errors, even in common aspects.
There are 4 spelling, usage and punctuation errors in the final draft, some in common aspects.
There are 3 spelling, usage or punctuation errors in the final draft, in more complex aspects.
There are only 1 or 2 spelling, usage or punctuation errors in the final draft,perhaps resulting from risk-taking. Character and place names that the author invented are spelled consistently throughout.
The final draft is not neat or attractive. It looks like the student wanted to get it done quickly and didn’t care what it looked like.
The final draft of the story is readable and the wiki page is attractive. It looks like parts of it might have been done in a hurry. At least one image has been incorporated.
The final draft of the story is readable and the wiki page is neat and attractive. It may have one or two errors, but they are not distracting. It looks like the author took some pride in creating their story and wikipage. At least one image was incorporated.
The final draft of the story is readable and the wikipage is clean, neat, and attractive. It is free of errors and misspelled words. It looks like the author took great pride in it. At least one images were incorporated on the page.
Many requirements were not met.
Most (about 75%) of the written requirements met, but several were not.
Almost all (about 90%) of the written requirements were met.
All of the written requirements were met. (deadlines met, length of story, and see above)