Agenda 5/15/2017



Bell Work

  1. Un-PAC the prompt.
    • Prompt: Think about the structure of horror fiction and the tools its authors use, such as suspense and plot. Write a fictional horror story using the characteristics of the horror genre as described in “What is the Horror Genre?” by Sharon A. Russell (p. 125 in your Collections textbook). Pay attention to the setting, events, and details that will make your story both believable and entertaining.
      • Purpose
      • Audience
      • Context/Format

Class Work

  1. Begin brainstorming your horror story by completing a plot diagram outlining the events.
    • Use the exposition to introduce your characters, setting and conflict.
      1. Brainstorm ideas for your characters.
        • What does your main character look like?
        • How does the character act, speak, and relate to others?
        • Who are the other characters in the story?
      2. Determine the setting – When and where will your story take place?
    • Introduce obstacles that the characters must overcome in the rising action. Think about how these obstacles help build tension or suspense. Use the main character’s responses to these obstacles to draw out the story’s action.
    • At the climax, tell the most important or exciting event. Here the tension or suspense come to a peak – your character is about to overcome the challenge or resolve the problem.
    • Finally, end with the falling action and resolution to show how the conflict is resolved. Consider reflecting on the theme.
  2. As you plan, keep pacing in mind. In a well-paced story, the action transitions smoothly from one event to the next.
  3. Decide on a point of view (first-person, third-person limited, or third-person omniscient). This will also determine your narrator.


Complete your plot diagram.

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