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Short Story Writing Assignment

WRITING ASSIGNMENT AS BEEN EXTENDED TO THIS FRIDAY!!!

We were driving home from visiting my sister on Sunday and always, an interesting conversation with the kids (16,14,12) came up about writing. My daughter does  NANOWRIMO every year. She writes on a grand scale. Epic stories of epic proportions with epic events that take place. I am quite proud of her because her writing is very good.

The discussion basically came down to her stating that she couldn’t write a short essay. We gave the children several examples of famous writers who have written short essays.

My husband decided to give the kids a writing assignment. We homeschool so Dad giving an assignment as the “Principal” is perfectly legit…LOL. It is due next Wednesday, March 17th. They have to do it.

If you…reader, should like to participate, then leave a comment and I will send you an email address to submit your story. After reading the stories the best will be published on the blog. I think we should offer a prize. We haven’t decided what that is to be yet.My husband said a simple Blog Badge like NANOWRIMO. Nothing on a grand scale mind you, but something at least. Suggestions are also welcome…:-) This is not to be graded on grammar but some basic skills like capitalizing and punctuation should be observed to make the story readable. This is solely an exercise in creativity.

A funny…My 14 year old son asked Dad if this was because of Colleen’s statement concerning short stories to which he replied a resounding YES! Charlie, in good humor yet laced with a side of sarcasm, said “Thanks Colleen!” Oh…Dad decided Mom needed to write along with the children. We will see.

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

SCENARIO: In the mail, you receive a large brown envelope from the postmaster. Inside the envelope is a letter appologizing that the enclosed mail was delayed, suggesting that you contact the sender to ensure they have your correct address. There is also a letter sized envelope inside as well.

It is addressed to you( full legal name). There is no address, just your name and town.

The stamp and postmark are from 1890.

The envelope and contents are up to you. It can include at most 1 sheet of paper and one other item capable of fitting in an envelope.

ASSIGNMENT; Write the letter. Write a short story about the letter. It should be longer than three pages, but less than ten. The ‘You” that receives the letter may be a fictional character, but the time/approx. place should be similar to today.

NOTE: For reference, there were some significant events during the year 1890. Wikipedia has quite a few listed. You are not required to include historically accurate information, but it should be approximately historical-ish (steam trains, steam liners, no air travel, etc). The story is more important than rigid historical accuracy.

You may time travel, have a lost family member, be an eyewitness to a major historical even. NO Collaboration, at least in our house. He wants three different scenarios from our three because they would collaborate…LOL.

**CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE NOT REQUIRED TO WRITE MORE THAN 3 PAGES. JUST ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME UP WITH AN IDEA. IF PARENTS NEED TO HELP TYPE THEN DO SO…THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN…:-)

Randy did tell Colleen that she could not have an ear in her envelope. Van Gogh died in 1890. 🙂

Feel free to participate so my children don’t feel they are the only three being punished. Have some fun with this…it is meant to be fun and get the creative juices rolling. Adults may participate.


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March 10, 2010 - Posted by | Just Life

3 Comments »

  1. […] that not only I have to do, but my brothers do also. That’s all fine with me, but then my mom posted about it, and it kind of puts me in a bad light. But whatever, that’s fine with me […]

    Pingback by Can’t Get Away With Nuttin’ « Birdwhisperer’s Weblog | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. I am sure that Grace will enjoy doing this with you all. I have copied the scenario for her to reread! 🙂

    Comment by donna | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. hehe I may do this – not sure if I’ll have the time, but it sounds like fun. =D

    Comment by Emily | March 10, 2010 | Reply


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