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Progress reports go home on Wednesday, September 5th.
Your task: Write a multi-paragraph narrative about an incident from your life. Include information about the choice you made and the consequences of your action. Be sure to:
Need ideas? Ask yourself these questions
We will use the Grade 7_Writing Workshop 1to go through the process.
Reread The Scholarship Jacket.
Complete the text dependent questions. Come to class prepared to discuss.
Watch and complete the Ted-Ed Heroism lesson. Pause and take notes as needed.
Here is a brief overview of the elements of the Hero’s Journey, with more detailed explanation below.
You set the scene, introduce your character and their normal life, just in time for them to…
… be torn from it! Actually it’s better if they’re not torn, but have to commit to the decision themselves. In any case, the challenge is put forward. You can start building sympathy for your character by ensuring their decision is something the reader can identify with and / or respect.
In order to ensure your lead has the pressure on and therefore your readers are hooked into wondering how they’ll ever get out of this mess, it’s good if your hero crosses some kind of threshold that is difficult, if not impossible, to get back to normal life from. It may be a physical journey across land, the removal of allies, self-inflicted isolation or becoming wanted and on the run.
Readers want to see a character develop into a real hero who can overcome the odds. Everybody needs help sometimes. Mentors in popular fiction include Dumbledore, Morpheus, Rafiki and Obi Wan Kenobi.
Time to put your lead under pressure. It may be that they have a first encounter with the villain, or for a slower build, it could be the villain’s cronies.
I can resist everything except temptation, said someone pithy. Add depth to your lead by giving them a challenge they have to find the strength of character to overcome.
As you near the climax of your book, circumstances start piling up. Push your lead to the limits to the point they are questioning everything they know, and very nearly slip to the dark side. The closer they get to failing, the more nail-biting it will be. But in the end they pull through, which brings them to…
The final battle! This is the climax of your story and you must pull out all the stops to make it great. We’ll work on this in great detail later, looking at what makes a satisfying ending, so for now you should just have a loose idea of whether your hero succeeds or fails.
Once your climax is completed all there is to do is tie up loose ends, will your lead live happily ever after? Do they return home or stay in their new place? Who is with them at the end?
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