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A Short, Short Story

Cynthia Youngblood
Santa Rosa District Schools


Students must write an original short story that cannot contain over 100 words.


The student drafts and revises writing that -is focused, purposeful, reflects insight into the writing situation;-conveys a sense of completeness and wholeness with adherence to the main idea;-has an organizational pattern that provide for a logical progression of ideas;-has support that is substantial, specific, revelant, concrete, and/or illustrative;-demonstrates a commitment to and an involvement with the subject;-has clarity in presentation of ideas;uses creative writing strategies appropriate to the purpose of the paper;demonstrates a command of language (word choice) with freshness of expression;has varied sentence structure and sentences that are complete except when fragments are used and purposefully; andhas few, if any, convention errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation.

The student uses literary devices and techniques in the comprehension and creation of written, oral, and visual communications.


-Pen or pencil


Teacher writes his or her own original 100-word short story to share with the class.


1. Teacher explains the short, short story assignment, telling the students that they must restrict their stories to 100 words or less.
2. Teacher shares his or her own examples of 100 word short stories or short stories from previous students.
3. Teacher allows enough time (probably five days) for students to complete stories.
4. Students share stories.
5. Teacher collects stories and evaluates them. (See assessment.)


Adhered to 100 words or less requirement. (20 points)
Conveyed a sense of wholeness and completeness with adherence to the main idea. (20 points)
Demonstrated a command of language (word choice) with freshness of expression. (20 points)
Uses literary devices and techniques (similes, metaphors, apostrophes, symbolism, etc.) (20 points)
Created an overall emotional effect. (20 points)
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