Get published, win prizes!
Show students the video, then explain to them that today they will learn how to create a speculative fictional world and how to write a mini saga, a complete story in just 100 words.
|Activity Name||Slide Reference||Activity Details|
|What is a mini saga?||3-4|
Explain to students what a mini saga is and the 3 rules of mini saga writing:
|Mini saga example||5|
Show your students the mini saga example so they understand what they are trying to achieve:
|What is speculative fiction?||6-8|
Ask students for books that have different worlds in, such as 'Lord of the Rings', 'The Hunger Games', 'Divergent', '1984', Harry Potter series and 'The Mortal Instruments' series.
|Understanding how a fictional world is created||9|
Pick one example and as a class work through these questions, so students are picking apart the story to see how the fictional world has been created:
|Types of narrator||10|
Explain to your students that to write a mini saga giving an insight into their fictional world they will need to plan their work carefully and use technical writing skills such as use of language and a narrator to create an original piece of work.
Remind them that 'speculative fiction' is a broad term that includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, apocalyptic, alternative history, or other type of fiction that is not strictly realistic. Ask them to consider what genre appeals to them and why.
|Planning their work||11-12|
Students now need to work through their planning sheets to consider the following points before writing their mini saga:
|Choosing a key event||13|
Now students have created their world, they now need to consider what key event they will write about. Here are some suggestions to inspire students, should you need to:
|Mini saga writing tips||14-15|
Remind students of the golden rules of mini saga writing and then ask them to write their own original piece of speculative fiction.
Ask students to work in pairs to read their mini sagas to one another. Their partner is to provide feedback; something they like and something that they can improve. The partner can help edit the work down if it exceeds the 100-word limit. Provide students with extra time to make any changes to their work.
This activity is ideal for a double English lesson. Depending on the size and ability of the class you may wish to do the introductory work in the lesson and ask students to write their mini sagas as homework.