Write A Short Story!

A WebQuest for 10th Grade (English)

Designed by

Paul Steinmiller

 Calvin and Hobbes Comic

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits


    Every great story starts with one essential moment, a first step. You are about to take that first step into your story as a writer. In this WebQuest you will learn about writing short story narratives. You will have to be creative to creat a compelling story that will grab the attention of your auidence, your fellow classmates. In this WebQuest you will review what should be included in a short story and some examples of short stories by famous authors. After reviewing about these things you will write your own original story! and you will then be able to answer the question "Am I a Writer?" with confidence as say "Yes! I am a Writer."

The Task

    You will first be shown examples of famous short stories. Then, you will be shown a the plot points that make a short story. You must create atleast 2 unique characters and put them through a creative series of events that will follow the main plot points that all short stories have. 

The Process

Step 1: Read one or two short stories from famous american authors to gain an idea of what a short story should be and to gain inspiration.
Follow this link to a list of 20 famous short stories: http://americanliterature.com/twenty-great-american-short-stories

Step 2:  Watch this video teaching about the the six points of the "Plot RollerCoaster" Video: http://vimeo.com/20773918

Step 3: Write your own story! Now that you have knowledge of plot and examples of short stories. Create atleast two unique characters and a unique storyline for them to follow, create an adventure for them. Your story must also have a detailed setting and contain all six plot points in the "Plot Rollercoaster."














Story may contain some plot points but is missing key components.
Story contains 4-5 plot points.
Story contains all plot points though some may be not fully developed .
Story clearly contains all 6 plot points.


Has Unique Characters and Setting



Story contains underdevloped characters and setting.
Story has less than 2 unique characters.
Story has 2 characters and a  setting. May not be unique.
Story has 2 or more unique characters and a developed setting.

CreativityStory shows little creativity and does not make for a compelling story.story lacks creativity, but still meets tells a compelling story.story demonstrates
some creativity and has a compelling story.
Story is unique and demonstrates creativity in a compelling story.


Now you know what it takes to write a short story and you have written your own short story! You can now construct a unique plot, characters, and setting just like the great writers before you. Now you can answer the question "am I a Writer?" with a loud confident "Yes, I am!"

Isn't writing stories fun?

Credits & References

AmericanLiterature.com http://americanliterature.com/twenty-great-american-short-stories

Plot RollerCoaster by Dara Ross  http://vimeo.com/20773918

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Last updated on January 26, 2014.