U3 Writing Assessment

Show how much you have learned about writing short stories by completing this assessment. 

U3 Vocabulary and Concept Terms Assessment

Write the concept term in the order they would occur in a story. Then write a brief definition of each one.

Word Bank: rising action, climax, inciting incident, resolution, falling action

1. ________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

2.________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

3.________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

4.________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

5.________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

Answer the following questions about literary devices by listing words or phrases. 

6. What is an example of a motif that you might use in a story?


7. What is an example of a paradox that you might use in a story?


Write 1-2 sentences to show each of the following literary devices. 

8. flashback


9. foreshadowing


10. allusion


U3 Grammar Assessment

Circle each clause in the sentences below. Then write what type of sentence they are on the lines provided

Word Bank: past, past progressive, past perfect, past perfect progressive, present, present progressive, present perfect, present perfect progressive, future, future progressive, future perfect, future perfect progressive 

1."The sun will have risen over the valley by the time we get there."


2. Jane Jenkins jogged past my house every day, but she never heard my softly said "good morning", even if I waved when I said it. 


3. Unless there was free pizza, she wasn't going to any of the campus events. 

 __________________________  and    __________________________

4. Eddie had the best luck; the vending machine had dropped two candy bars instead of just one. 

 __________________________  and  __________________________

Identify the time frames (tense and/or aspect) used in each of the following excerpts. Then, describe what you know about the setting based on the tense/aspect being used.

Youth [exerpt]

by Isacc Asimov

     There was a spatter of pebbles against the window and the youngster stirred in his sleep. Another, and he was awake.

     He sat up stiffly in bed. Seconds passed while he interpreted his strange surroundings. He wasn’t in his own home, of course. This was out in the country. It was colder than it should be and there was green at the window.


      The call was a hoarse, urgent whisper, and the youngster bounded to the open window.

      Slim wasn’t his real name, but the new friend he had met the day before had needed only one look at his slight figure to say, “You’re Slim.” He added, “I’m Red.”

5. What time frames (tense/aspect) are being used here? _________________________________________________

6. What do you know about the timing of the events compared to each other from the tense/aspect of the verbs? 


Write a sentence that uses the given time frame. 

7. basic present 


8. past progressive


9. future perfect


10. past perfect progressive 


Use your knowledge to use grammar strategically to write parts of short stories. 

11. Write a flashback that uses only past tense or past tense aspects.  


12. Write a section of dialogue between two or more characters that uses present tense and future tense. You can use any combination of aspects with those two time frames. 


U3 Short Story Writing Assessment

Choose one of the prompts below. Write your response on a computer or on paper as directed by your teacher. 

1. Write a 1-page short story with a strong opening scene. Include a character, a setting, and an inciting incident in the opening scene. Your short story should include at least one literary device and purposeful use of grammar. 

2. Write a 1-page short story about something changing. This could be a change from one thing to another, a change from something normal to something abnormal, a change from something old to something new, a change from bad to good, or a change from good to bad. Your story can include any type of change. Your short story should include at least one literary device and purposeful use of grammar. 

3. Write a 1-page short story. Your short story should have a complete plot. Your short story should include at least one literary device and purposeful use of grammar. 

Exercise 3.67

Reflect on your thinking during this unit and plan to act on your metacognitive reflection. Answer the questions below using complete sentences.

1. What is the most interesting thing that you learned in this unit and why is it the most interesting?

3. How did you use the writing process in this unit? 

4. What strategies from this unit did you find effective and efficient for you?

5. What strategies from this unit did you find not effective and efficient for you?

6. How can you use what you learned from this unit in other types of writing or other areas of learning? 

7. What will you do in the future based on your answers to questions 1-6?

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