Hey, hey! Here are the steps that you’re going to follow in order to complete your portfolio, this Web-Based Inquiry Lesson and to uncover what your inner writer looks like!

  1. Look at your list that you wrote down in the very beginning. Now, compare what you though about short stories, poem, fiction and nonfiction to these definitions.

Short Story 




  1. Now that you know what they are, choose one! Which one interests you the most? Poetry? Short Stories?
  2. Okay, hold the phone! Role call! Find others who have also chosen the same one that you did. This will be your peer group. You will remain with this group the throughout the duration of this lesson. This does not mean that you will write with them. This is an individual project. So what does this mean? This group will be your editors and peers throughout your writing process. You can bounce ideas off of each other or have them read over what you’ve written. Peer groups= support groups.
  3. So, I bet you’re wondering what this each of these products will look like when they’re finished. Here’s what I’m looking for:

Short story: 5-6 pages about anything your heart desires

Poem: Minimum of 15 lines (but feel free to write more!) No specific rhyme scheme. It can be free verse, ABAB, ABCAB, whatever you choose!

Fiction: Here’s where it it gets a little tricky. For those of you who just picked fiction you must write two short stories and one poem. Same guidelines as above, but you get to mix it up a little.

Nonfiction: You’re going to do the opposite from fiction and write one short story and two poems. Remember, nonfiction means that it has to be true! Same guidelines as above.

  1. Got it? SWEET! You are awesome! Before we dive into the thick of it, watch this short clip .

Now, take what you just heard and think of a topic based on what you’ve seen in your life, find some inspiration from the world around you. Or just think about how you’re feeling. You may brainstorm with your peer group. Think about your outline, google some outlines to find a style that you like the best. Look at these for example: Outlines  for the short stories

Poetry you say? Check out these famous poets to get an idea of what poems should look like : Poems

What does a work of nonfiction look like? Probably like this!

Fiction is the name and writing is the game! Hop on over here for a quick look at at different forms of fiction and here, too!

  1. Cool beans, you’ve made it through step 5. Now, I need to to whip out your handy dandy notebook and make a sketch of what your inner writer looks like. Hey, I hear the groans from you in the corner! This is going to be fun, don’t fret! Tuck it away in your folder for now, we’ll come back to it.
  2.  This online lesson will last approximately 4 weeks. At the end of each week you will present your peer group with your product so that they can review your work and give you feedback. Now you’re on the clock and week one has officially begun! Start working on that outline from earlier and begin drafting your first piece of work.
  3. Week one timetable: Produce your first draft by Wednesday. You will have all class period to work on these drafts so use your time wisely!

Worried about that draft? Don’t be! Check out this site for some tips on how to write a draft.

Wait, it’s Thursday and you’ve finished your first draft? Pass that baby to a peer in your group for them to review.

Don’t know how to peer edit? Check this out. 

Peer editing should take almost the entire class period. Once you’ve finished peer editing hand back the draft to the writer. *If there is enough time left you should discuss your revisions with the writer*

Oh, it’s Friday now? Hey, you super cool young writer, remember the peer edits from yesterday? Let’s make some changes. It’s okay for you to make changes!

“More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.”

-John Irving

Still uncomfortable about changing your work of mastery? Follow this link for some advice.

Now make your changes. Remember that revision isn’t just about adding in commas or apostrophes. Sometimes revision is about changing your story or the wording of a line.

And just like that you’ve completed week one! Enjoy your weekend and rest those creative brains!

9. Welcome to a new week of writing. This week is going to go just like last week. (Refer to last week’s steps to get you started.)

10. Your last week of writing is upon you, friends. By now I’m sure you know how this week will go, so let’s get started.

*Hey, fiction and nonfiction friends, remember that you should have two short stories and one poem or two poems and one short story!*

11. You thought we were done? Au contraire, friends.

For your last week of this lesson, you’ll need to bring out all of your work from the last three weeks. I know what you’re going to say, “But we’ve already finished all of that!” Not quite, dear ones.

Take these words from Vladimir Nabokov and revise once more!

“I have rewritten -often several times- every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.”

-Vladimir Nabokov

Revise and rewrite once more. A writer’s work is never truly done.

Make sure that your work is perfect. Have your peer read over it one more time.

12. LAST STEP! Ah, it’s Friday once again. Pull out your notebook one last time. Sketch what your inner writer looks like now that you’ve completed your portfolio. Remember that drawing that did during step 5? Bring it out, bring it out! How is the first drawing different from the one you just drew?  Sum up how they’re different in one sentence. Staple them together and place them in the back of your portfolio.Turn in your portfolio to the inbox near my desk.

Congratulations on completing this online lesson!


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