“It was a dark and stormy night.” Thus begins the 1830's novel Paul Clifford and, of course, all of Snoopy’s novels! Encourage young writers to craft settings for their stories that go beyond Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s often-mocked phrase with a series of exercises. Additional examples of great introductory settings can be found in the paperback series It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.
Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common CoreResources designed to address argumentative, information, and narrative writing Common Core standards can be found in this collection. Materials that address writing production, distribution, and research are also included. Take a look at the attached notes for each resource to find the aligned Common Core Standards addressed by the resource.9th - 10th English Language Arts