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The Competition Of The Month

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  • 1. THE COMPETITION OF THE MONTH 2ºESO ENGLISH WRITING YOUR OWN SHORT STORY To win this competition of the month you will have to write a short story in English, but first you have to follow some steps. COME ON, YOU CAN DO IT!!! CHEER UP!!! A. Make your own character´s portrait. Use some of the following words. WORD BANK Physical description Fat A moustache Overweight A beard Slim Mustache Skinny Curly Thin Straight Well-built Dreadlocks Tall Freckles Handsome/Pretty A Scar Ugly Glasses Attractive Toothless Blue-eyed A wooden leg Wrinkled Well-dressed Dark-haired Scruffy Bald Smart Fashionable Casual
  • 2. Personality Friendly Angry Amusing Absent-minded Funny Selfish Brave, Fearless Mean Honest Irresponsible Confident Foolish Reliable Dull Easy-going Pessimistic Generous Uptight Patient Naïve Tolerant Impatient Stubborn Fill in the following information and create your main B. character! Use the word Banks. Personal information • Full name _______________________________  Age ____________________________________  Address _________________________________  Nationality _______________________________  Marital status ____________________________  Job _____________________________________  Physical description • Height __________________________________  Weight/body-built _________________________  Hair ___________________________________  Eyes ____________________________________  Clothes __________________________________  ________________________________________  Distinguishing marks (Smell, voice, nervous habits…) ________________________________________ ________________________________________
  • 3. C. Now write your main character´s description!!! Now that you have collected enough information, write a physical and moral description of your main character. Use the past tense! (about 80 words). _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ___________________________
  • 4. PART 2. DEFINING THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF YOUR STORY STEP 1: AT THE BEGINNING Instructions Hints Your Ideas WHO? Imagine a few other characters Name/age/ personality WHEN? Imagine the moment when the - in the morning/ scene took place afternoon/evening… - in spring/summer/ autumn/winter - in 2006… - the day before yesterday… - a couple of weeks ago -… WHERE? Imagine the place where the - at school - in the forest scene(s) took place - in a castle - In the Highlands  Write a precise -… description of the place where the scene took place. Use the past tense!!! WHAT? What was happening? - what was your main character doing? - what were the minor characters doing?
  • 5. STEP 2: AT THE END Now imagine the last sentence of your short story. “He died” or “they married and had a lot of children” are too common!!! ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________ STEP 3: SUDDENLY… Your character was doing something special when suddenly something unexpected happened. Imagine what it could be. ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________
  • 6. STEP 4: ACTIONS A) How did the characters feel after this event? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ B) What did he/she/they do? Find at least 2 different actions. Keep the end of your story in mind! Actions Useful vocabulary Feel free to change some elements during the writing!!! PART 3: NOW IT´S TIME TO WRITE YOUR SHORT STORY! Now you have to write your short story with the help of your preliminary works. Don´t forget to find a good title! CHEER UP!