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Night Creative Writing PBLA

Foundations I                                                         P. Lee-Muratori

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:

    a.)  Sound

            b.)  Sight

            c.)  Smell

            d.)  Texture

            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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