This is the second part of my unit on writing short fiction stories. It is a follow-up to part 1: Planning and Drafting. If you have not purchased and completed part 1, you will want to visit my store for part 1: Planning and Drafting before taking students through part 2. This particular part focuses on revising and editing short fiction stories. It will be helpful to save student work from part 1 for students to use in part 2 as they will now be revising and editing their drafts.
Unit Objectives are as follows:
Students will be able to:
•revise short stories by deleting, rearranging, and/or adding details and events.
•edit mistakes to fix spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.
•use a rubric to give feedback to peers and learn ways to improve their writing.
•use the writing process (continued from part 1) which includes planning, drafting, revising, and editing stories.
I developed Creative Writing Tasks to help students become more confident and proficient writers while allowing them to explore the writing process in a fun and engaging way. I’ve had great success with my own students using these types of creative tasks, so I hope you find them just as useful and fun!
There are specific tasks that students will complete, but you should feel free to work at the pace that is best for your students. These tasks will take students through the revising and editing phases of the writing process. They are organized like mini-lessons designed for you as the teacher to model and practice with your students engaging your class through cooperative learning.
You'll find unit objectives as well as extra practice on showing verses telling to support students in revision strategies. I have also included a simple, yet effective short fiction writing rubric that students can use to analyze their writing. This is a useful tool to promote constructive peer feedback and help students gain a deeper understanding of ways to make their writing better.
These tasks were developed as a writing resource to support your teaching and promote student learning. You may end up using these tasks with only a small group while the rest of the class works independently. You might also use these for one-on-one tutoring or homeschooling.
I hope you have great success and enjoy using Creative Writing Tasks with your students!
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