TTO Flash Fiction Challenge

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This lesson contains 21 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 7 videos.

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What is flash fiction?
Flash fiction is a complete story, but incredibly short. 

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3 entries
We can send 3 stories to the jury!
One winner from each year 2 TTO class. 

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The task
The spark: 75 words
The story: 150 words

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  • Think of things that you have learnt from recent lessons (any subject): something surprising, interesting, shocking, inspiring, appalling, motivating...

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Slide 7 - Mind map

Pick one and and answer these questions:
  • What strikes you about the AHA moment? 
  • What moved you? Or made you think?

     Look at the AHA moment differently:
  • What if it took place in a different time?
  • What if I look at it from a different perspective:
      a different person, thing?
  • What if it took place in a different place?

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First ideas about the spark

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The basic elements of short stories
Short stories (such as flash fiction) consist of 5 elements:
  • plot (the storyline)
  • characters (the people... or robots, or animals...)
  • setting (the location and circumstances)
  • conflict (the problems that occur)
  • theme (the topic, based on your aha moment)

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SOAP - how to write flash fiction
  • Specific: 1 place & time, 1 event, max 2 characters (112).
  • Omission: leaving things out for the reader to figure out.
  • Action: in medias res.
  • Precision: vocabulary & grammar. 

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last year's winners

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Step 1
  • Choose your aha moment, and think about how you are going to turn it into a story.
  • Fill in the Story Preparation Form. 
  • Share your ideas with a partner: talk about what you could change and improve. Also tell them what you like about their idea!

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Step 2
  • Start writing your story. Don't worry about the word count too much yet, just write. 
  • Highlight or underline parts you are unsure about, and ask for feedback from your partner. 
  • Finished? Count your words and see where you need to reduce or expand. 
  • Which words or phrases can you replace with better ones?

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Step 3
  • Finalise your story and the text for the spark. 
  • Copy your story for the poster and the Padlet. 

Not quite finished? You have until Friday afternoon to submit to the Padlet. 

PS Don't forget a title and to include your first name!

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