Mystery Rubric


Hi, attached above is a rubric that students can use when writing their rough drafts this weekend.  I myself am somewhat indifferent on rubrics, but I know they are sometimes helpful for students who get a bit blocked and need a refresher along the way.  I’m still looking for the things that we have discussed in class, and try and think back to the film we watched, The Prestige, and how the writers used changes in time, setting, planning out the evidence, the supporting characters, plot twists (red-herrings) – everything we have discussed in class you should have available in your writer’s toolkit.

Remember, when writing mysteries, it sometimes is easier to compose your stories backwards and if you already know how it ends.  It makes incorporating the evidence and plot twists less random because you don’t have to worry about drawing connections to your plot as you go.

Most importantly, be creative, enjoy yourself, and if you didn’t like any of your 3 ‘treatments’, try something new!  I want you to be excited about the topic you chose and interested in getting that story out.

If this all comes together as planned, my hope is that we can have our best compositions from throughout the year compiled into book form so that PACs students years from now can still be reading the enlightened musings from the 5S Class of 2017 🙂

Enjoy the weekend!


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