Rewrite a scene from Macbeth from a different perspective. Like the Banquet scene from Lady Macbeth’s view.

Rewrite a scene from Macbeth from a different perspective. Like the Banquet scene from Lady Macbeth’s view.

Writing Your Story

Now is your chance to bring all the pieces of your pre-writing plan and the techniques from the Writer’s Handbook together to create a complete first draft of your narrative. As the author, you will need to use everything you have learned about word choice, tone, pace, mood, and sentence fluency to tell an interesting and engaging story. Your story does not have to be long to accomplish this; just look at the story of Justin and Andrea—it is only about a page long, but includes all of these elements.

As you work through the rest of this lesson, you will compose your narrative step-by-step from the exposition to the resolution. At each stage in the process, you will write a draft and then reflect on ways to make your writing even stronger.

After you have written your draft, ask yourself these questions:

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

· create a first draft using ideas generated during the pre-writing process

· use descriptive language to add interest to your narrative

· In this part of the assignment You’re just listing the details

Andrew just finished writing a brief story about his summer job as a lifeguard at the city pool. Take a look:

I had a scary day at work. I was in the lifeguard stand and I heard someone yelling for help. I was scared. I looked around the pool to see who needed help. A boy was calling for help. I jumped in and swam to help him. He was scared, but he was okay. His mom was really glad I saved him.

Andrew is off to a good start, but his paragraph would benefit from a few changes. First, he needs to look for and highlight any general words or overused words. Select the highlights to see Andrew’s notes.

Next, Andrew needs to review his writing to see if he can add some interest.

I had a scary day at work I was in the lifeguard stand, and I heard someone yelling for help. I was scared. I looked around the pool to see who needed help. A boy was calling for help. I jumped in and swam to help him. He was scared, but he was okay. His mom was really glad I saved him.

Now Andrew needs to look for places where he might have provided unnecessary information. If the story works without the information, it can probably be eliminated.

I had a scary day at work. I was in the lifeguard stand, and I heard someone yelling for help. I was scared. I looked around the pool to see who needed help. A boy was calling for help. I jumped in and swam to help him. He was scared, but he was okay. His mom was really glad I saved him.

Lastly, Andrew needs to see if any of the pieces of his story can be rearranged to give it better flow.

I had a scary day at work. I was in the lifeguard stand, and I heard someone yelling for help. I was scared. I looked around the pool to see who needed help. A boy was calling for help. I jumped in and swam to help him. He was scared, but he was okay. His mom was really glad I saved him.

After answering all of these questions, Andrew sat down to write a revised paragraph. Take a look at his new paragraph.

It started as an ordinary day, with kids playing and splashing in the pool. I was enjoying the view from my lifeguard stand when, suddenly, I heard a boy calling for help from the deep end. I scanned the surface and saw a small boy with bright red hair slowly sinking under the water. Everything I learned in lifeguard training rushing to my mind; I jumped in the pool to save him. I was so focused on getting to that sinking red head; I didn’t notice the other swimmers staring or my arms and legs shaking or my heart pounding in my chest. It seemed like hours before I finally reached him. Once I got the rescue tube under his arms and had him safely on the surface, I finally took a breath.

Points Possible: 100

On Track 17-25Needs Improvement 0-16
Structure 25 points possibleNarrative is clearly structured.Narrative lacks structure.
Dialogue 25 points possibleMeaningful dialogue is included in the rising action and the falling action of the narrative.Dialogue is attempted or missing from the rising action and falling action of the narrative.
Characterization 25 points possibleCharacters are thoroughly developed.Characters lack development.
Details 25 points possibleNarrative includes well-chosen details.Narrative includes insufficient detail.
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