For use with the story “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry. Students will write a prequel for the story that tells the story of what ‘Silky’ Bob has done that made him a wanted man out West. Students will include reference to the original text as well as use properly punctuated dialogue. Also includes pre-writing and self-reflection worksheets.
Because this story includes writing about a fictional crime, consider your students for what is appropriate or acceptable in your school—including types of crimes or level of graphic detail. Many crime stories address their sensitive topics by avoid detail and focusing on the impact, for example.
Student Instruction Sheet with Rubric-- students will need to refer to details from the text, use dialogue, and address key parts of Silky Bob's past in their writing.
Prewriting Worksheet: Students brainstorm several crimes, along with details, before beginning. Sometimes the best idea is not the first one.
Self-Reflection: students will review their finished story and their writing process to help them strengthen and develop their writing.
Dialogue Handout (Bonus!): Provides an overview of dialogue punctuation and usage for short story writing.
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