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Guide students through the process of writing powerful short stories with these writing activities.

Master Class
Help students focus on key writing skills with these interactive and printable exercises developed with examples from student writing and classic literature.

Student Author
Jocelyn Fox, 17
Hear Jocelyn Fox read an excerpt from her award-winning story “A Small Taste of Normalcy” in this interactive mini-lesson that focuses on characters, conflict, and sensory description.
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  Extend on this Master Class by studying Creating Characters with Flannery O’Connor.
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Guest Teacher
Anne Marie Oomen
Middle school teachers: Read "From the Bottom Up," a guest teacher lesson by Anne Marie Oomen.

High school teachers: Read "The Half-Way Through Problem," a guest teacher lesson by Anne Marie Oomen.

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Lessons from Literary Cavalcade

Use these resources from Scholastic’s Literary Cavalcade magazine to help your students write compelling short stories.

Here are some favorites:
Reading Between the Lines (PDF)
Story Time (PDF)
Write Revealing Dialogue (PDF)
Creating Atmosphere (PDF)
Writing in the First Person (PDF)

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“I think it’s comforting for us as teachers to cling to a process that makes it easier for us to evaluate our students’ writing, but my experience says that because the process doesn’t always follow our rules, we have to be prepared to turn it on its head to help our students.”
—Anne Marie Oomen, Chair of Creative Writing, Interlochen Arts Academy

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