This 56 slide PowerPoint provides a comprehensive overview of speculative writing. Through witty illustrations, jokes, examples, and easy to understand instruction, students learn how to compose a short story from beginning to end. The presentation focuses on crafting a catchy introduction, creating lifelike characters, developing a detailed plot, incorporating dialogue, and ending with a strong conclusion. Students will get a laugh while learning the basic elements of speculative writing. This PowerPoint is a great tool for preparation of standardized state tests, including the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) and can be used in any Language Arts classroom as writing instruction.