Flash Fiction 101

Flash Fiction 101
Flash Fiction 101
Flash Fiction 101
Flash Fiction 101
Flash Fiction 101
Flash Fiction 101
Flash Fiction 101
Flash Fiction 101
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Have students master 1) the elements of fiction, 2) character development and 3) universal themes by writing flash fiction pieces they will love to share.

This introduction to flash fiction provides students with a choice of two-story starters that will drop their readers right into the action.

All students have to do is copy one of the suggested lines before the 12-minute timer (which is built into the PowerPoint presentation) begins. As students write, the timer bar scrolls across the fiction elements, reminding them to include all the fiction components in their pieces.

When time is called, students will share their drafts. Students complete free write drafts on Monday through Thursday. On Friday, they will choose their favorite one to bring to a final draft.

Here is the super-simple lesson outline:

Writing Lesson

Step #1:
Display a flash fiction cartoon character and have students copy one of the two story openers (listed below the character) into their notebooks or onto the illustrated draft paper (included).

Step #2
Start the 12-minute timer (built into the PowerPoint) which displays the main character (in 5 poses), tagged with each of the flash fiction elements. Have students draft a story.

Step #3
As students share their stories, ask volunteers to listen for their favorite parts.

Step #4
Have the listeners from Step #3 share the parts of the story they enjoyed most.

Step #5
Repeat steps 1-4 four times (i.e. Monday-Friday) before asking students to bring their favorite story to a final draft.

* There are 12 lessons included in this unit.

Why you'll L-O-V-E it!

♥ Even reluctant writers enjoy the exercises leading up to the writing a narrative piece.

♥ Every student will be actively involved in the lesson.

♥ The stories students share are short, entertaining, and chock full of standard-based skills (e.g. identifying/applying elements of fiction, incorporating universal themes into conflicts, creating characters readers care about, etc.)

♥ A month of step-by-step lessons.

♥ Whole class and independent formats are included in this resource.

Included in this unit are:

1. Flash Fiction Introduction
2. Quick Start Lesson Guide
3. 12 Flash Fiction Lessons: Whole Class Format
4. Step by Step Lessons
5. Flash Fiction Strips: Independent Writing Format
6. Professional Flash Fiction Openers
7. Illustrated Final Draft Papers
8. Flash Fiction Checklist
9. Grading Criteria


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107 pages
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1 month
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