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Short Stories

There is so much to try and remember when writing short's a guide of what to include:


  • Remember the different genres of stories (fantasy, traditional, sci-fi, historical...) and what makes up those stories (traditional stories - goodie/baddy, happy ending etc)
  • Plan your story - opening, build up, main problem/event, resolution and ending.
  • Opening - character, setting or action? Remember, it needs to hook the reader and make them want to contiune reading!
  • Ending - either tie up all loose ends or leave a twist for the reader!
  • Characterisation - Describe the characters through waht they say and how they act
  • Adventurous vocabulary - really show off!
  • Creative descriptions - use metaphors, similes, or personification. Include adjectives, verbs and adverbs to expand your sentences
  • Punctuation ! ?, . ... " " : ; -
  • Write in paragraphs - change or setting, new character, new event or change in time
  • Suspense - Can you use features of suspense?
  • Chase scene - show ho quick-paced it is by using strong verbs and adverbs ( sprinted quickly)
  • Make sure you have a 'juicy' main event - keep the reader interested!


So not much to remember then!!!!




KS2 Bitesize 'Trapped' activity and video            KS2 Bitesize vocabulary activity


Adventure and Mystery activity                Using adverbs