PBLA –Creative Writing Assignment for Night
CC.9-10.R.L.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
CC.9-10.R.L.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with others to advance the plot/theme.
CC.11-12.R.L.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Directions: Choose a flat character from Night and write a narrative (1-3 pages) in Wiesel’s style in which you explore that character’s perspective so that he/she becomes the protagonist and/or narrator. Use the assessment list below to focus on how to develop your character and how to create an effective story that successfully mimics Wiesel’s style. Class discussion will clarify the elements of syntax, diction, tone, mood, imagery, flat characterization, and figurative language.
Grade: Test Grade Due Date: To Be Announced
Elements: Possible Points: Self: Other:
1.) The character is easily recognizable
and retains the essential qualities that
Wiesel assigned him or her. 10 ___ ___
2.) Description provides a completely
believable experience of the events
of your story including sensory aspects:
e.) Taste 25 ___ ___
3.) Tone and style is similar to Wiesel’s
(syntax, diction, setting, imagery,
symbolism, and simple figurative
language is used) 35 ___ ___
4.) The story presents an aesthetically
pleasing whole. 20 ___ ___
5.) Correct spelling, punctuation, and other
mechanics (12 font, double spaced) are
demonstrated. We will bear in mind that
Wiesel uses conjunction-starting sentences,
fragments, run-on’s, and one sentence paragraphs
FOR EFFECT. You should use them to FOR
EFFECT, not because you didn’t proofread.
10 ___ ___
Total Points: 100 ___ ___
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