This performance task will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge of the themes, characters and content studied this year.

Countdown to Fiction





This performance task will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge of the themes, characters and content studied this year. This task is designed to allow you to: enrich your vocabulary; practice developing stylistic/literary devices that suit your style of writing; continue to develop the skills associated with effective writing and critical thinking.


Understanding the vast uses and abuses of the English language can best be achieved through the manipulation and application of diction.  Writing is used in every part of our day-to-day lives and being able to communicate in an effective and thoughtful manner is imperative in today’s society.


This performance task will enable you to create a course-related story in a lean and interesting manner that still requires all aspects of the writing process as well as the creative process.  Besides honing your writing skills, editing skills, and word economy, you will be developing the art of short, clear narrative writing which will further enrich your ability to communicate effectively.




The themes you may choose to write about are:


  • Anti-heroism
  • Heroism
  • Villainy
  • Revenge
  • Rebellion
  • Victimization
  • Faithful friend
  • Mentor
  • Betrayal
  • Good versus Evil
  • Deception
  • Integrity
  • A theme you thought of and okayed by me


All five stories must highlight a different theme from this list and connect in some manner with the literature we have studied so far.  The link to the theme may provide this connection, as will your focus on characters and plot. Be creative and think beyond the text!



Written Component


  1. You must write five fiction stories.
    1. 55 word fiction
    2. 66 word fiction
    3. 77 word fiction
    4. 88 word fiction
    5. 99 word fiction
  1. The stories must have at least three different themes from the list above. You must follow all the rules of short fiction writing.  You will be shown a power point in class that highlights the rules.
  2. You must include the following:

– title page including an appropriate image

– table of contents which includes the theme in brackets beside each story title

– dedication to a character/person from our coursework (literature and films)

– five countdown to fiction word stories, each on a separate page

– brief autobiography (one paragraph 150 – 200 words )

  1. You must also include a one page reflection that outlines and identifies your growth as a student in the class this summer. Additionally, you must connect your growth to one of the characters in the course work. Remember to reference specific evidence from the book/film.
  1. Have fun.
  2. Challenge yourself.



(Oral Component and Speed Seven Fifty-Seven


Assess your work using the rubric provided.  Choose your best two stories and, using the classroom presentation platform, post your two preferred stories for the class. On the classroom presentation day, you will read your VERY best story out loud.  Then you will circulate and constructively critique other students’ stories using the sticky notes provided.  You must put your name on your sticky notes and post a critique on at least 4 stories.)


Assessment and Evaluation


  • See rubric




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