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Short Story Writing Assignment: ELA Maker Space Project

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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Short story writing doesn't have to be so intimidating for students.

If you want to see them busily engaged with their creative writing and even enjoying the process, try incorporating maker elements to sweep their writer's block right out of your classroom. Who says STEAM and English don't mix?

For this assignment, students will "make" a main character using whatever materials you've got, then write a short story about him or her.

Once they create something tangible, it's easier to imagine a world for this character that suddenly feels real.

Here's what's included to make this project easy and clear for you and your students:

  • Basic handout and instructions for writing the story
  • Gallery activity to help students talk with each other about their characters and go deep with their own before writing
  • Guided peer editing workshop to help students improve their first drafts
  • Rubric to make grading easier (no specific point totals, so you can adapt it to your own needs)

From the Reviews:

"I'm incorporating art into my curriculum much more this year, and this activity will help my students to create spectacular characters for their stories."

"Nice activity to include in a narrative unit. The students enjoyed it."

"This is great. Thank you soooo much!"

"We are so excited to use this in our Maker Space. This is something great to use with our not-so-science minded students. "

"Loved it!"


Want to try ONE-PAGERS with your students? Learn how to do it successfully and get four free templates to guide even your art-hating students to success right here.

I bet you're always looking for creative teaching ideas for your classroom. Share the journey in my free Facebook group, Creative High School English.

Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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