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This Short Story Prewriting Guide walks students through the narrative prewriting process in an organized, structured way that also encourages them to dig deeper into their stories. It can be used for narrative writing assignments of any fiction genre. I use this with my own 6th graders and it has served as a springboard for some excellent, thoughtful short stories!
This 6-page packet is separated into six parts:
Part 1: Choosing Your Theme
Part 2: Choosing Your Genre
Part 3: Creating Your Protagonist
Part 4: Planning Your Characterization
Part 5: Brainstorming Your Story
Part 6: Outlining Your Story
This packet can be completed all at once or over the course of several days accompanied with mini-lessons. It is appropriate for use in grades 6-12, but geared more towards the middle-grades range. Enjoy!