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Instituto Virtual de Lenguas INVIL

Programa: UNAD English

Curso: English B1 Intermediate

Campo de formación: Formación para el Trabajo y Desarrollo Humano.

Tipo de curso: Metodológico.

Créditos: Tres (3)

Writing 2


general OBJECTIVE:

Review the writing skill by creating a tale.


  • Review general aspects about writing: vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, coherence and cohesion.

  • Apply the concepts from units 1-2-3 to create literature.



simple present, modals, comparatives, adverbs, present perfect, indirect speech.


Adjectives, places, professions, weather.


General aspects: In this forum you will create a short tale, attending different criterias to do the creative exercise.

Learning strategy: task based learning.

Awaited product: PDF file by group (5 tales, 5 pages).

Evaluative weight: 75 points


  1. Read the guide.

  2. Participated in the forum at least 3 times.

  3. Participate in the forum without attaching documents.

  4. Upload the final activity in a PDF file by group.


1st Part

In this first stage, you will read an article with some suggestions to create a story as base to do your own creation.

5 Steps to Write a Short Story

by Joe Bunting

How do you write a short story? How is writing a short story different than writing a novel?

These are tough questions to answer because there are as many types of short stories as there are types of novels. There are long short stories, short short stories, simple short stories, and complex short stories.

Still, if you want to write a short story, here are five steps to help you get started:

1. Read Short Stories

Real writers read, and as Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.”

If you’ve never read a short story, you’re going to have a difficult time writing one. Even if you’ve read hundreds of stories, studying one or two closely will help improve your understanding of the short story form.

If you’ve never read a short story, you’re going to have a difficult time writing one.

2. Summarize Your Short Story

Before you begin writing, try a screenwriting trick known as loglines. A logline is a one sentence summary of your short story, its core, its essence. For example, here’s a logline for “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner: Logline: A lonely, Southern woman is found dead and decaying in her home after being abandoned by her lover.

The formula is your character + a descriptor (e.g. lonely, Southern woman) followed by an event (e.g. found dead) followed by a conflict (abandoned by her lover).This will help you understand what your story is about.

3. Write Your Short Story

Some guides suggest focussing on writing a catchy first paragraph first, but while that’s important, it puts a lot of pressure on you when you’re first getting started writing your short story.

Instead, just write. Just put pen to paper. Don’t worry about what comes out. It’s not important. You just need to get your short story started.

You will need to write 50 to 100 percent more words than will end up in the final draft of your short story. That means if you’re trying to write a 5,000 word short story, you might need to write 10,000 words total in your first draft. Why?

Your job is less to write words than to pick the best words. To get a good short story, you will have to cut out a lot of mediocre writing.

4. Rewrite and Edit

All good writing is rewriting.

After you write your first draft, you need to start cutting, rewriting, and editing your short story. This is the hardest part of writing a short story, and can feel like wading through a swamp or climbing through a very tight cave. However, don’t give up now. You’re almost there.

5. Submit!

Before you submit your short story, make sure you’ve read it aloud several times to find typos and grammatical errors and that you’ve formatted it according to standard manuscript format.

Review: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/POE/telltale.html

2nd Part

In this stage, the student should write a short tale. Each student is going to share the tale in the forum and finally the group will consolidate just one file with the 5 tales to upload in the monitoring and Evaluation environment.






Máximo Puntaje

Producción escrita

El estudiante no produjo el texto base para el desarrollo de la actividad.
(0 puntos)

El estudiante produjo el texto base para el desarrollo de la actividad, pero presenta evidentes errores en la construcción gramatical. La organización de las ideas no es lógica, se presentan incoherencias y/o Se evidencia un vocabulario reducido según lo propuesto en las unidades.
(10 puntos)

El estudiante produjo el texto base para el desarrollo de la actividad con un buen nivel den la construcción gramatical. El texto se presenta como una secuencia lógica y coherente que atiende el manejo del vocabulario visto.
(20 puntos)



No se evidencia lectura del texto base.

(0 puntos)

Su producción escrita da cuenta de una comprensión y análisis, muy básicos, del texto base.

(5 puntos)

La producción escrita da cuanta de una excelente comprensión y análisis del texto propuesto como base para la creación.

(10 puntos)



El estudiante no analizo ni realimentó el trabajo de alguno de sus compañeros.
(0 puntos)

Se realizó el ejercicio de análisis y realimentación del trabajo de algún compañero, sin embargo, los comentarios carecen de calidad y profundidad.
(5 puntos)

Realizó un excelente trabajo analizando y realimentando el trabajo de alguno de sus compañeros, sus comentarios son de calidad en forma y fondo.
(10 puntos)



No hubo entrega del trabajo.

(0 puntos)

Se realizó una propuesta muy superficial que no da cuenta de las características estéticas del cuento.

(5 puntos)

La producción escrita evidencia un trabajo comprometido que se refleja en una creación estética interesante.

(15 puntos)




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