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1,000 Word Creative Writing Workbook
Summer 2015
Developed by David Susman and Karen Tiegel
Featuring stories and excerpts from Bluefire, an anthology of 1,000-word stories by
students in grades six through twelve.
Instructor Edition
Acknowledgments
The principal authors of this curriculum unit are David Susman and Karen Tiegel.
We would like to thank The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation for supporting the development of
this curriculum and for presenting and running the "$1,000 for 1,000 Words" creative writing contest.
We also want to thank the readers for the contest, who volunteered their time and selected an
incredible group of winners.
We are grateful to all the students who gave us permission to use their writing as the basis of this
curriculum; we are proud of your efforts and congratulate you on being published twice--in Bluefire
and in this curriculum unit as well. You provided us with many aspects to discuss and teach.
A special thanks goes out to Lee Holtzman, who provided two 55-fiction stories at very short notice.
Copyright ? 2015 by The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation.
All rights reserved. Individual contributions used under license from the respective authors.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored, or transmitted in any form or by any means
without the express written permission of The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation.
For further information, contact:
Marc Beban, President & Chair
The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation
PO Box 610005, Redwood City, CA 94061
info@blue4beban.org
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Table of Contents
Lesson One: Descriptive Language..................................................................................................5
Overview............................................................................................................................................................. 5
Objectives ........................................................................................................................................................... 5
Materials ............................................................................................................................................................. 5
Teacher Preparation ......................................................................................................................................5
Time .....................................................................................................................................................................5
Procedures ......................................................................................................................................................... 6
Descriptive Lines from Bluefire..................................................................................................................7
Teacher Resource #1: Two Powerful Excepts........................................................................................9
Discussion Questions .....................................................................................................................................9
Bluefire Excerpt #1: "Among the Stars", by Nolan Bangs............................................................... 10
Discussion Questions for "Among the Stars"....................................................................................... 12
Lesson Two: Story Arc & Plot Structure ..................................................................................... 13
Objectives........................................................................................................................................................ 13
Materials.......................................................................................................................................................... 13
Teacher Preparation ................................................................................................................................... 13
Time .................................................................................................................................................................. 13
Procedures...................................................................................................................................................... 14
Sample 55 Fiction ......................................................................................................................................... 15
Character/Setting Set-?ups ......................................................................................................................... 16
Bluefire Excerpt #2: "Alteration", by Darya Behroozi..................................................................... 17
Discussion Questions for "Alteration"................................................................................................... 19
Lesson Three: Character & Dialogue ........................................................................................... 21
Objectives........................................................................................................................................................ 21
Materials.......................................................................................................................................................... 21
Teacher Preparation ................................................................................................................................... 21
Time .................................................................................................................................................................. 21
Procedures...................................................................................................................................................... 22
Character Warm-?ups ................................................................................................................................... 23
Character Prompts ....................................................................................................................................... 24
Bluefire Excerpt #3: "A Rain-?Soaked Puppy", by Janece Williams.............................................. 26
Discussion Questions for "A Rain-?Soaked Puppy"............................................................................. 29
Lesson Four: Beginnings and Endings ........................................................................................ 31
Objectives........................................................................................................................................................ 31
Materials.......................................................................................................................................................... 31
Teacher Preparation ................................................................................................................................... 31
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What is the overall intent of creative writing?The overall intent of creative writing is not to inform. It is to stir the emotions, to elicit an emotional response. A storyteller’s narrative is designed to express the storyteller’s feelings about some aspect of life, and to engage the reader in those feelings.