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Story Writing

Required for starting class

      Resources for starting class  
      • List of skills you need to do well in Story Writing
      • Terms and definitions for Story Writing
      • Read the Rubrics for this class's standards.
      • Synergy StudentVue and ParentVue (online grade book)

      Cell phones and other wireless devices are rarely used in class. There may be some moments when we use them to learn, but they usually distract us from our work. Mr. Jones confiscates them if they are being used counterproductively. Class ID: 16943650;  Password: revise

      Projects:  We'll draft, revise, complete, and submit a writing project about once every two weeks. These are the projects in order through the trimester:

      Steps in the Writing Process
      • Handout describing this
      • First Draft: Hand-written is fine, as long as the whole story is complete when you walk in on the due date. 
        • Get written feedback on your first draft and on a feedback sheet. Keep this draft.
        • Consider the feedback as you make changes. 
      • Second Draft: Typed in MLA format, printed out before class starts on the due date.
        • Get written feedback from a peer or someone else on your second draft and on a feedback sheet. Keep this draft.
        • Get written feedback from your teacher.
        • Consider all this feedback as you make changes. 
      • Final Draft: When class starts on the due date, turn in all of the following in this order:
        • Submission sheet with your responses filled in.
        • Annotated final draft (printed in MLA format, though annotations may be hand-written).
        • Evidence of your revision process: all previous marked-up drafts and Feedback Sheets.
      Daily Work
      • Daily assignments will not be listed online. You must be present in class to receive the full benefit of class. You can expect the following elements to happen most days:
        • Read a short piece--anecdote, fragment of story (2-5 min.)
        • Quick write (2-5 min.)
        • Share thoughts; discuss technique. (2-5 min.)
        • Mini-lesson (5-10 min.)
        • Workshop time (15-25 min.)
        • Reading time (10-15 min.--may start w/ book talk)
        • Closure: share a line you’ve read or written today. (5-10 min.)
      • Reading: Check out a book of short stories during your first week of class. If you enjoy the book, read the whole thing. If not, replace it. Read at least 5 pages of published narrative every school day. Bring your book to class every day; we'll have time to read in class most days. Your teacher will occasionally check in with you to see what you're reading and what page you're on. And you'll be asked to give at least one book talk.
      • Skills Mini-Lessons: Some of our daily skills practice work will come from these unitsYou may need to download each unit in order to use the links inside it.
      • If you miss class, you can keep from falling too far behind by
        • Reading 5 pages or more in your book for this class.
        • Writing: quick write (respond to what you read), draft a new piece, or develop and revise your current project.
        • Texting a classmate to find out what you missed in class.
        • Emailing your teacher if you're going to miss more than one day.
      Juniors only (spring trimester after seniors leave):

      Old links (may use later...)

      Useful Resources:

      • English Handbook--outlines the way Mr. Jones teaches essay writing (and much more).
      • Selected Shorts is a regular live reading of short stories in New York City. The podcast provides audio of those readings.
      • Pixar's suggestions for how to make a good story.
      • Dialect quiz here.


      Story Writing