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Write a short sudden fiction story. This mini-essay should be a minimum of 300 words.

Write a short sudden fiction story. This mini-essay should be a minimum of 300 words.

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This assignment is aligned with the following learning outcomes:

MO 1.1 Demonstrate fluency with literary terminology and be able to apply these terms to works read in the course.

MO 1.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the characteristics and techniques of the major literary genres.

MO 1.3 Communicate clearly in a variety of modes and media.

MO 1.4 Demonstrate the ability to compose arguments on a variety of literary topics within genres of short fiction, poetry, and drama.

MO 1.5 Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

MO 1.6 Demonstrate the ability to analyze communication critically.

Instructions:

Regardless of its origin, this is an excellent example of flash or sudden fiction. Your assignment is to think about this six word story and write a mini-essay which answers the following questions:

  • What does a story need in order to be a story?
  • What questions does this story leave you with?
  • What do you think is happening beneath the surface of these six words?
  • Is the amount of what’s left unsaid unsettling? Interesting? Annoying?
  • Do you think it’s harder to write a short short story like this one or a longer work, like a novel? Why?

Requirements:

  • This mini-essay should be a minimum of 300 words. Try not to go over 500 words. You should set this up as a formal essay following MLA guidelines for formatting the paper. Click here for information on formatting the essay. (Links to an external site.)
  • Although this is a rather short assignment, you still need to set up the paper as a formal essay including the following:
    1. Introduction–You do not want to jump in and start answering the guided writing questions. All essays should have some kind of a “hook” to catch the reader’s attention. Click here to learn more about writing an effective introduction. (Links to an external site.)
    2. Thesis Statement–The thesis statement should come at the end of the introduction. Highlight or underline your thesis. A thesis statement must express some kind of opinion or attitude towards the topic. For more information on writing an effective thesis statement, click here. (Links to an external site.)
    3. Body Paragraphs-The body paragraphs develop the ideas expressed in the thesis. You need to make sure your body paragraphs address all of the questions in the prompt. Each question does not necessarily need to be one paragraph. You decide how you want to organize these ideas. Each body paragraph should include a topic sentence leading the reader into that section of the essay.
    4. Support--You need to support your opinions. Feel free to use the information in this module on the elements of a short story. Do a bit of research on short (micro, flash, etc) fiction. Tell why you feel a certain way. Use examples as well to develop your ideas.
    5. Conclusion–The conclusion should sum up the ideas presented and should leave the reader with something to think about. Click here for more information on how to write a great conclusion. (Links to an external site.)
    6. Edit and Revise–Make sure you take time to edit your paper. Look for grammatical errors. Check your thesis. Make sure all body paragraphs support the thesis.Click here for more information on revision. (Links to an external site.)
    7. Reference Sources--You do not need a formal works cited page for this assignment. You do not need to include any in-text citations or quotes. However, if you reference any material in the essay, make sure you list the references at the end of the paper.
    8. Look Over the Rubric–The rubric shows how you will be accessed for this assignment. Study it before and after you write the paper so you know what you need to include to get a good grade.

Works Cited:

“Type Writer” (Links to an external site.) by John Douglas is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (Links to an external site.)

Rubric

Micro-Fiction Essay

Micro-Fiction Essay

Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormatDocument uses MLA formatting: double spacing, title, heading and documentation
5.0 ptsExcellent 3.0 ptsGood 0.0 ptsNo Marks
5.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntro and ThesisIntroduction catches the readers’ attention and presents an effective thesis.
10.0 ptsExcellent 8.0 ptsGood 4.0 ptsFair 0.0 ptsNo Marks
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTopic SentencesBody paragraphs have topic sentences which relate directly to the thesis.
10.0 ptsExcellent 8.0 ptsGood 4.0 ptsFair 0.0 ptsNo Marks
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSupportBody of the essay is well supported using textual references and quotes to back up opinions.
10.0 ptsExcellent 8.0 ptsGood 4.0 ptsFair 0.0 ptsNo Marks
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammarEssay has few, if any, grammatical errors.
10.0 ptsExcellent 8.0 ptsGood 4.0 ptsFair 0.0 ptsNo Marks
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusionConclusion effectively sums up the main points of the essay and leaves the reader with something to think about.
5.0 ptsExcellent 3.0 ptsGood 2.0 ptsFair 0.0 ptsNo Marks
5.0 pts
Total Points: 50.0
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