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Scary Stories

  1. 1. Scary Stories…. Your task is to write a story full of suspense and tension. You also need to write a commentary on your story where you explain your intentions.
  2. 2. Scary Stories…. Story Your story will be approximately 800 words long. The style of your story will be suspenseful. It could be a ghost or horror story. You might decide on a gruesome end or an end with a twist. You must build up the suspense and include good descriptions. Your story should have: an orientation. a complication. a resolution/ending. dialogue.
  3. 3. Scary Stories…. Commentary Your commentary explains to the reader what you set out to achieve in your story and how you achieved it! It should be a paragraph or two (100 words approximately) which addresses the following questions. Explain how you tried to interest your readers in the story you have written. What techniques have you used? Comment on the particular challenges you faced when writing the piece and how you tried to overcome them. What were the problems? How do you solve them? Comment on your feelings about the success of the piece. Have you managed to tell the story effectively? What sections do you particularly like? Why?
  4. 4. Scary Stories…. Creative Writing You will choose one of the following tasks: Continue the story of ‘Bluebeard’s Daughter’ from the final line, “She turns the key in the lock and pushes open the door.”. You must try to use a similar style to the original story. Note that the story is written in the present tense (turns, pushes) not the past (turned, pushed). OR
  5. 5. Scary Stories…. Creative Writing Write your own story. You must include a series of events that build up suspense. You must include descriptions of the setting and the characters. Make sure that your story has a clear structure with a beginning that sets the scene, a middle that tells the story and an end that either leaves a ‘cliff-hanger’ like Bluebeard’s Daughter or resolves the story.
  6. 6. Bluebeard’s Daughter <ul><li>How does the writer create a sense of fantasy in the opening section of the story? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the rumours and tales told by the villagers? How do they affect the story? </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the descriptions of Bonny’s father. What words help to make him seem like an evil character? </li></ul><ul><li>Give an example of at least three words and phrases that help to build suspense in the story. Quote the words or phrases and explain what they mean. </li></ul>
  7. 7. An Afternoon Out How does the characterisation of the two families add to the suspense and tension?
  8. 8. Scary Movies <ul><li>What filmic techniques does the movie use to create suspense, tension and surprise? Consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Characterisation </li></ul><ul><li>Setting and atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Plot twists </li></ul><ul><li>Point of view </li></ul><ul><li>How might you develop the same techniques using words rather than pictures and sound? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scary Stories…. Making a story scary… Setting and Atmosphere How would you describe the setting? Sights Sounds Smell Touch Light Silence Damp Cold Dark A hum Of death Slimy A shape Muffled Dusty Shiver
  10. 10. Describe this place Setting
  11. 11. Making a story scary… Characters How would you describe your characters? Male? Female? Age? Appearance? Voice? Role in the story?
  12. 12. Character Words Think of words to describe these characters.
  13. 13. Character Words Think of words to describe these characters.
  14. 14. Developing the plot A plot is the events that happen in the story. Make a list of events that will happen. Goes to deserted house hears noise in back room goes to investigate and see shape in corner Shape is dead mother who says ‘join me’…
  15. 15. The Beginning A good beginning gets the reader ‘hooked’. How will you ‘hook’ your reader?
  16. 16. The Beginning A good beginning gets the reader ‘hooked’. How will you ‘hook’ your reader?
  17. 17. Talking <ul><li>Direct speech is a good way of condensing the action- it allows a lot to happen without too much description. </li></ul><ul><li>Important direct speech rules: </li></ul><ul><li>Put speech marks around what is said. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin a new paragraph every time the speaker changes. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Watch out!’ yelled Michael. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ It’s too late…’ replied Janice. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ You’re disappearing.’ </li></ul><ul><li>As Janice disappeared into the mist, all Michael heard was ‘Good bye, I’ll miss you.’ </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sentence variation Begin one sentence with a verb. E.g. Running, jump, creeping. Begin one sentence with a word that give a position (adverb/preposition). E.g. Under, behind, opposite Begin one sentence with a an adverb. E.g. Quickly, strongly, sadly
  19. 19. Literary Devices Have you created a strong image? Have you used simile, metaphor or personification? Have you used an effective sound technique like alliteration, assonance or sibilance?
  20. 20. Ending <ul><li>How will you end your story? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want the reader to know what happens? A resolution </li></ul><ul><li>The police found the killer and I returned to my regular life. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to stop at a high point of the action like ‘Bluebeard’s Daughter’? A cliff hanger </li></ul><ul><li>I saw the knife coming towards me. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to address the reader directly? A reflection </li></ul><ul><li>That was the worst summer of my life and I still think about it everyday. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Now Write Your Commentary Your commentary explains to the reader what you set out to achieve in your story and how you achieved it! It should be a paragraph or two (100 words approximately) which addresses the following questions. Explain how you tried to interest your readers in the story you have written. What techniques have you used? Comment on the particular challenges you faced when writing the piece and how you tried to overcome them. What were the problems? How do you solve them? Comment on your feelings about the success of the piece. Have you managed to tell the story effectively? What sections do you particularly like? Why?

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