I assign this project while we are studying myths and legends. The focus of this assignment is having students develop a simple plot outline before they begin writing. Students in the intermediate grades can either struggle with coming up with an idea to write, or their stories go on for pages and pages without a paragraph break or a place to end them.
I have included two original examples of stories that have the elements I expect to see in student stories. These can be used as mentor texts for students to analyze. You may have favorite stories to share in your own collection or from the library.
The writing process on page 3 is what I use in my class. No matter how many times I talk to my students about revising their work, I have students who ask me if it is okay to change their story while they write. Not only is it okay; I celebrate this. I know it is difficult for developing writers to change anything.
On pages 4- 5 you will find an assignment sheet, and a rubric for grading. I devote some class time to going over these documents, so students know what to expect.