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This week, you will take the outline and opening scene that you created in Week 1and construct the first draft of your short story, using free writing as a tool to get you started

Assignment: First Draft

This week, you will take the outline and opening scene that you created in Week 1and construct the first draft of your short story, using free writing as a tool to get you started. Once you have generated and organized the ideas for your story, you will begin to develop a setting, plot, and time frame that you will build upon as you continue to write your story. In this Assignment, you will turn your outline and opening scene into a first draft of your short story that applies the development techniques of setting, plot, and time.

Questions about this assignment? Post them in the Contact the Instructor area on the left navigation bar. That way, everyone in the class will see, and benefit from, the Instructor’s response.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the Final Project Introduction and Overview document in the Learning Resources.
  • Review Chapter 5, “Setting,” in Shaping the Story. Complete “Progressive Writing Exercise #5: Writing Where Things Happen” on pages 82–83.
    • List possible settings in which your short story could occur.
    • Select a setting from your list.
  • Review Chapter 9, “Plot,” in Shaping the Story. Complete “Progressive Writing Exercise #9: Linking Scene to Scene” on pages 142–143.
  • Review Chapter 10, “Time,” in Shaping the Story. Complete “Progressive Writing Exercise #10: Pacing, and Uses of Time” on page 159.
  • Consider how you will combine these techniques of development with the outline and opening scene created in Week 1 to create a unified text.
    • How will your outline contribute to filling in the details of plot, setting, and time?
    • What details will you include for the setting of your short story? What details will you exclude?
    • How will these techniques of development be used to affect the reactions of the audience?

The assignment:

Write a 2- to 3-page first draft of your short story, demonstrating the development techniques of plot, setting, and time.

Formatting Expectations:

  • Indent the first sentence of each paragraph. Block paragraphs are not acceptable for this assignment.
  • Your final document should:
    • Be in a 10- or 12-point font, such as Times New Roman or Verdana.
    • Be double-spaced throughout.
    • Have 1-inch margins for top, bottom, left, and right.
By Day 7

Submit your Assignment. In order to receive full credit, all assignments are due on time. Should you encounter an unanticipated and uncontrollable life event that may prevent you from meeting an assignment deadline, contact the Instructor immediately to request an extension. Your Instructor’s contact information is in the Contact the Instructor area on the left navigation bar. For a full description of the late policy, please refer to the “Policies on Late Assignments” section of your Syllabus.

Submission and Grading Information

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  • Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK2Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
  • Click the Assignment Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
  • Click the Week 2 Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
  • Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK2Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
  • If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
  • Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

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