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Short Story Work Day Task List

  1. Choosing one of the short stories we read in Unit 2, answer 3 of the discussion questions posted on You should answer each question completely, citing textual examples where appropriate.
  2. Unit 2 Embedded Assessment – Narrative Short Story
    1. Finish your brainstorming/proposal sheets, outlining your potential story structure
    2. Check off your story proposals with Mr. Clements
    3. Begin your Rough Draft (Due Monday for Peer Feedback!)

Plot references:

  • The Seven Basic Plots:
    • Overcoming the Monster: Beowulf, Star Wars
    • Rags to Riches: Cinderella, Aladdin, Emperor’s New Groove
    • The Quest: The Odyssey, Lord of the Rings
    • Voyage and Return: Ramayana, Alice in Wonderland, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
    • Comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Tragedy: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet
    • Rebirth: Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol

Potential Story Starters:

  • Tell the story of a scar, whether a physical scar or emotional one.
  • Your character’s relationship ends.
  • Your character’s deepest fear is holding his or her relationship OR career back.
  • A character living in poverty comes into an unexpected fortune.
  • A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally. (Meetcute)
  • Your character is on a journey. However, they are interrupted by a natural disaster OR an accident.
  • Your character runs into the path of a monster.
  • A child’s imaginary friend needs to convince them he’s real so he doesn’t disappear.
  • An innocent tweet about your breakfast spirals out of control, when a police squad arrests you for treason…
  • It was the 25th of May when the clocks stopped. They needed more time.
  • A campfire, a scream, and a small lie that gets bigger and bigger
  • An iPhone, a glove and a half eaten sandwich…
  • The first day of school, a love note, and a recipe with a significant mistake…
  • There’s been a box in the middle of the city for as long as you can remember. No one ever talks about it and you’re beginning to wonder what it’s there for.
  • Everyone always feared the day that the sun would go out, but no one was prepared for the night the moon disappeared…
  • There is a gate in the middle of an empty field, with a sign saying ‘please close the gate behind you’. One day, you walk past and see the gate has been left open -what is on the other side of the gate?