Looking for a culminating activity to use with a novel unit that is both creative and analytical? This fan fiction planning guide allows students to accurately analyze any novel they have been working with while finding a productive and meaningful way to add to it's plot, message, and characters. Plus, writing a fan fiction short story allows students to master not only the creative writing standards, but some of the important reading ones too. Ultimately, students love the idea of being able to "take the driver's seat" and create new/additional scenes for some of their favorite novels.
This Planning Guide Helps Students:
- Think about the point of view for their story
- Think of how their story will relate to the original novel in terms of setting, characterization, style, and plot
- Plan out how they will portray both existing and new characters
- Plan out how the main and minor characters will interact with each other
- Reflect on major themes and motifs of the existing novel and how they plan to capture them
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach
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