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Creative Writing - Evaluation Rubric

Creative Writing - Evaluation Rubric

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A rubric for Middle School - Creative Writing
A rubric for Middle School - Creative Writing

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Creative Writing
East Middle School, Gifted and Talented
English Langauge Arts
Content Standards
This class is to allow you to explore and extend your creative writing skills.
Write clearly and effectively.
Apply a range of skills and strategies in the writing process.
Evaluate and reflect on the student¶s growth as writers.
Write for a variety of purposes and audiences.
ecognize the structures of various forms and apply these
characteristics to the student¶s own writing.
se the inquiry process, problem-solving strategies, and
resources to synthesize and communicate informationPA
Getting into writing. - Loosening up the brain .... five things to start youthinking like a ficton writer.
The great thing about fiction, is that you can't really get it wrong. You createeverything in it and get to control what happens and who it happens to. In thisfirst bunch of tasks, we're going to get you writing stuff and give your brain abit of room to stretch.
To complete these tasks, you must use a Google Document to share your work with me.
You can learn more about Google Docs here:http://docs.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=15114
In class we will complete activity one below using Google Docs, and we willspend some time exploring Google Documents together.
The email to share your document with me isemss12010@gmail.com
Activity One - So you think you can write?
Think about a movie that you liked. Start writing. Don't stop writing for 10minutes. Write down anything that comes into your head about the movie -who was in it, what it was about, where you were when you saw it, how did itmake you feel - anything that comes into your head ... just write and write andwrite. Don't bother to count the words, just get it down as it arrives ... don'tedit, don't insert, don't back track.
Activity Two - Hacking the story
ere's a passage from Animal Farm - I want you to make some changes inthe excerpt. Leaving the structure of the sentences exactly the same, replacethe words with words of your own. (Guess you're wondering whatsentence
The two horses had just lain down when a brood of ducklings, which had lost their mother, filed into the barn, cheeping feebly and wandering from side toside to find some place where they would not be trodden on. Clover made asort of wall round them with her great foreleg, and the ducklings nestled downinside it and promptly fell asleep. At the last moment Mollie, the foolish, pretty white mare who drew Mr. Jones's trap, came mincing daintily in, chewing at alump of sugar.
Activity Three - Messing with words
Go back to your first writing. Think about something you missed out. Now addit to the writing ... but ... don't use the letter 'e'.
Activity Four - Hacking the alphabet
Now you are on a roll with your writing ... start writing a paragraph about your film again. But start the first sentence with a word beginning with A, then thenext sentence with a word beginning with B .... keep moving though theaphabet until you get to zeeeee. 26 sentences.
Activity Five - 10 words to kick a new idea
Take any sentence from the text in Activity Two. Now write a story (aboutanything) where you use each word in the sentence as the FIRST word of anew sentence. That is going to get messy-minded ... and that's the point.
Now you have got your creative heads flowing with ideas ... lets make someshort stories - really short.
Writing a Mini-Saga
50 words is not a lot. With some discipline and creativity, you can say a lot in50 words. A mini saga is a story that is told in exactly 50 words - not 49 or 51but exactly 50 words. Many writers start their books using mini-sagas. Theyare great way to kick and idea without too much fuss
I hope this lens inspires you to write your own mini saga.
ere are a fewbenefits of writing a mini saga:
enefit #1
: Writing a mini saga expands your creativity. When you have toomany rules, most people give up!. When you have to put everything in50words, you have to 'leave behind' a lot. That's where the creative juicesstart flowing.
enefit #2
: Writing a mini saga stretches your thinking. What will you writeabout? You have to think about topics that will fit in 50 words or squeeze themto fit in 50 words. That puts thinking on overdrive mode.
enefit #3
: Writing a mini saga enhances your discipline. Deciding what to
write about, deciding what to leave behind and putting it in 50words requiresdiscipline throughout."
Here are some samples.
e dialed the number again. It was wrong number. That¶s three times in arow! Something was wrong. The number seemed OK. Just when he wasabout to give up, he figured out, he found that the last two digits wereinterchanged 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 ± ³Wrong number!´ 
That particular book had changed his life.
e checked the price again. Thirty dollars! ³It¶s a steal´ he thought.
e wanted to give back something to theauthor. After thinking for a while, he decided to buy ten of the same books and sent one to each of his friends.
John never thought getting deals would be a problem for his new venture.
ehad a big network. Twenty meetings were setup in the first six weeks. Every meeting was good. Everyone wanted to know what John was doing. No onewas bold enough to give him the first deal.
ITE 2 Mini-sagas of your own and post them on your page. Then readeveryone else's mini-sagas and find the one that you liked best. Copythe one you liked onto your page and underneath write a review inexactly 50 words. You have to say what you liked about it, what it madeyou wonder about and what might happen next in the story.
Now lets see how you go trying to write a mini-saga on a theme or idea.
ereis a paragraph from Chapter One of Animal Farm. What we are going to domight sound crazy - below is what we call 'the text' - and we are going to hackit, though the correct phrase is 'deconstruct it' a little.
"Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it:
our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. We are born, we are given
 just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us
who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength;
and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are
slaughtered with hideous cruelty. No animal in England knows the meaning
of happiness or leisure after he is a year old. No animal in England is
free. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.
Source: Animal Farm
Step One
Decide what the text says
. This can be whatever you want,although of course in the case of a text which actually consists of text it is

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