The Story Elements
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Eighth graders review story elements. They write, edit and develop PowerPoint presentations of an original short story to share with peers.
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Short Story Planning Guide
A short story is only as strong as its characters, development, and conflicts. Encourage the young authors in your class to plan their stories based on the elements of narrative writing, all provided in brainstorming graphic organizers.
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