Identity & Belonging
Choose one of the themes for exploration and write a creative piece to demonstrate the key ideas. You must use planning sheets to brainstorm and develop your story. You must have all the following details established before you start to write your creative piece: •
Which theme you have chosen and how it will be shown throughout the story Narrative structure – start with action, plot development, build tension, climax, conclusion
Character – who is your main character, how will what happens to them demonstrate your chosen theme? Show don’t tell – how can you SHOW they are old, upset, intimidated etc rather than just telling your audience Plot what happens first, second third.
o Your piece should be between 500 and 600 words in length.
o You will have at least a week preparation time (your own time) o You will have two periods of class preparation time
o You will have two periods of writing time
o You can bring planning sheets into the writing time, however, you cannot bring a pre-written piece with you. You must submit all planning sheets at the end of the period.
o You must also complete the written explanation on the back of this sheet. o You must include the rubric when you submit your writing tasks. o Submit everything in a plastic pocket.
Task Received: Wednesday 27th February
Due Date: Friday 8th March – Periods 1 & 2
If you are going to be absent you must see me prior to the date and arrange a time to complete the task.
PLANNING THE SHORT STORY
Remember: A short story can be read at one sitting; every word is important and descriptive; It starts with action and scene is quickly established; it has few main characters; usually has one main setting and one main conflict; often finishes quickly after the climax and leaves the reader thinking.
Thinking about and planning these aspects is essential:
BEFORE YOU BEGIN WRITING YOU MUST FLESH OUT THE KEY COMPONENTS OF YOUR SHORT STORY
Usually only one main characters with perhaps 1 – 2 minor or subsidiary characters.
What happens, in what sequence. Often follows a set structure. There is usually only one main plot.
A problem. challenge, conflict or dilemma (may be physical, emotional or verbal) that needs to be resolved. Tension is slowly built throughout the story.
The story or action reaches a critical or decisive point – the climax where the problem is resolved. The tale ends quickly and leaves the reader thinking.
The writing style adopted by the author should suit the setting, mood. The style of language and imagery should suit the subject.
The main point of the story. Your story must show something about identity and belonging. How will this be demonstrated? Through character? Symbolism? Events?
Potential Themes to Explore:
CAN ONE PERSON HAVE MULTIPLE IDENTITIES?
Is identity just a collection of roles we play? Can one person have several identities? Think about the way you may take on different identities depending on where you are and who you are with. The way you act with your friends may be very different to the way you behave in front of your grandparents or in the classroom or maybe not! Consider how this impacts on your interactions with others. Do you think that people now the real you? Why or why not?
IS BELONGING ALWAYS DESIRABLE?
Is belonging always desirable or are their times when it is appropriate not to conform? Is there times when people feel pressure to belong? Do you think sometimes people might do or say things they normally wouldn’t in order to be accepted. Do you think a need to belong can challenge your sense of who you are?
WHAT ROLE DO FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLAY IN ESTABLISHING OUR IDENTITY? What role do family and friends play in establishing who we are and where we belong? What happens to our sense of belonging if we find ourselves in...