"The 1001+ Flat World Tales"--a never-ending tale from student writers around the world....


Task:

You are a modern Scheherazade. You must tell an "amazing" story that keeps your King interested in order to stay alive. You will have an advantage over Scheherezade, though: you can draft and revise your story until the "King"--three or four of your classmates--judge your story is good enough to allow you to survive. They will give you feedback in the "discussion" tab above your story.

Grading:

Each student will use this wiki to draft his/her story. He/she will also be "King" to other students writing their stories. As "King," your job is, like the King of China in "The Hunchback's Tale," and like King Shahryar in the main frame story, to decide whether the story--and storyteller--should "live or die." You will be graded both on your story, and on the quality of advice and discussion you give to the writers you play "King" for. If you are a "nice" King--letting a bad storyteller live--you will be graded poorly; if you are a "lazy" King--not giving thoughtful reactions to the weaknesses and strengths of the story--you will also be graded poorly.

Students from other classes in other countries are encouraged to join us in this wiki. We can all play "King" and "Scheherezade" to each other. Feedback on your story from a reader from a different culture will be far more helpful than feedback from a reader who is from the same culture!

Participating teachers will play "King" for the fourth draft. If we say your story is not strong enough for you to "survive," I will give you advice on why I say that. You will have as many chances to revise after my judgment as you like, until due date. Stories that do not "survive" will not score higher than a "C".

Publication:

If your story deserves to "live," you will be published--really published, and only because your story really did entertain all of us in the audience--on your blog. All stories that "live" will be linked, on each student blog, to another story that lives. This way, we will create a new type of book: a "blog-chain book" that jumps, chapter by chapter, story by story, from blog to blog.

Invitation to Student Writers from Other Countries

Other writers from other countries are welcome to submit their own story, and we will add links to blogs with good stories whenever they are submitted. Stories will only be accepted if they show something about the culture the student is from, as the Arabian Nights show insight into Arab and Persian culture, and as our own Korean Nights student stories show things about Korean culture. Please join us! This story can grow and live not just for 1,000 nights, but forever! It's a new kind of book--I don't think it's ever been done in the history of writing!
Flat World Nights Frame Device Brainstorms

Process:

First Draft:
Find your student page on World Students (HS). Click on it. On your student page, click "edit this page." Then write a first draft of "the most amazing story that ever happened to you (or a parent, friend, or relative)". Write it in third person narrative voice ("he" and "she," not "I").
How long? At least 500 words.
Focus on these things:

a. Details that show something unique about Korean culture.
b. Writing good dialog (using correct dialog conventions).
c. A good conflict (somebody wants something but _, so _.)
d. Good complications (attempts to solve the conflict fail because more complicated problems arise).
e. A good climax (exciting moment when "it's now or never")
f. A good resolution (the character succeeds or fails in getting what they want)
e. "Verisimiltude" and "realism" (the events are believable and seem true to human nature; the descriptions and dialog seem real--your reader can see images and hear conversations that they believe).
f. Click "save" to finish.

Lesson 2 Homework: Due before class on Lesson 3:
Edit your first draft. Use your own judgment, plus the "discussions" of your story from your student readers, to decide what to improve. Focus on these things:
a. Organization (should you start your story from the beginning? From the middle, and then use a flashback? You decide.)
b. Images, sounds (are you showing your reader instead of telling?)
c. Figurative language: did you use original metaphors, similes, irony, understatement, hyperbole? Use your judgment and avoid cliches.
c. Word choice: strong verbs (avoid "be" and "have" verbs when possible; avoid passive voice)
d. Sentence variety: different sentence beginnings and a good balance of long and short sentences.
e. Click "save" to finish