Year 8 – Short Story Writing

Please note: There will be changes to this scheme for 2015-2016. Watch this space!

Spring Term Two -
The exact date of the assessment is dependent on the individual student’s timetable; however, this will be circa the week commencing Monday 23rd March 2015.

What is the assessment task?
Students write a short story.

How will the task be assessed?
Assessment Foci: Writing 1 ,5, 6, 7 & 8. Please click on the below for details of each assessment focus.


What students can do to prepare:
Master key spellings and their meanings: Theme, Character, Freytag, Todorov, Dramatic Structure, Exposition, Denouement, Climax, Protagonist, Antagonist, Conflict, Explicit, Implicit, Anaphora, Epiphora, Foreshadowing, Technique, Narrative, Plot, Setting.

Seek out some reputable short story authors: Some of the department’s favourites are Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey.  If you’re looking for further inspiration have a look at

Practise writing using different sentence structures to create a desired effect: Have a look at the following; try to copy the sentence structure and style using the words in the brackets as a stimulus.  The first one has been done for you as an example.

A.  At the end of the bay, standing majestically against the battering winds, there stood, in misty solitude, the lighthouse. LEFT BRANCHING (Describe a mysterious castle).
Through the twisted vines, nestled from and neglected by the outside world, there hid, in untouched glory, the castle.

B.  Jumping forward, Jane reached as high as she could and grabbed the last apple from the branch. BEGIN WITH A VERB: present participle – ing words.  (Explain how a boy jumps into a lake).

C.  My life is my purpose. My life is my goal. My life is my inspiration. ANAPHORA (Use anaphora to make a statement about education).

D.  Shockingly, he had never heard of James Bond and therefore did not understand the joke. BEGIN WITH AN ADVERB (Describe how someone might feel if they saw their family (whom they loved) after being separated from them for a long time).

E.  Smooth. Silent. Deadly. The assassin stole across the courtyard towards his unsuspecting prey. ONE WORD SENTENCES (Set the scene of a party planned to celebrate a 100 year-old’s birthday).

F.  Hourly joys be still upon you! Juno sings her blessings on you…Scarcity and want shall shun you, Ceres’ blessing so is on you.  EPISTROPHE/EPIPHORA (Use epiphora to make a statement about animal cruelty).

G. To avoid being noticed, she walked alongside an elderly gentleman who was carrying an umbrella. BEGIN WITH INFINITIVE FORM (Describe a boy trying to get the attention of his mother).

H.  Let the whitefolks have their money and power and segregation and sarcasm and schools and lawns like carpets, and books, and mostly – mostly – let them have their whiteness. POLYSYNDETON – Greek for bound together; use of conjunctions: and but or nor. (Make a statement about how a girl has run away from home and dreams of a better future).

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