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  • You will find the following guidelines helpful when you write your short, short story.
  • Your educator will evaluate this assignment.

Guidelines for writing a short, short story

1 . Introduction : The first line must suggest the tone of the story: is it going to be exciting, funny, scary or sad? The first paragraph must introduce the main character, the place, the time and the plot. The plot often starts with a crisis situation.

e.g. Once upon a time, in the most beautiful valley in the whole wide world, there lived a little old lady who was very, very sad.

2 . Body : This part contains the action of your story. For this particular assignment, you have only one paragraph to spend on the action and events. This means: Every word must be meaningful.

3 . Ending : End your story on a positive, strong note. The final paragraph must contain the climax of your story. The final line sometimes contains a subtle message or “a twist in the tail.”

4 . Word choice : Choose your words with great care. Every word must contribute to the story. e.g. ‘colour’ words can create the right atmosphere; synonyms can create tension and suspense.

5 . Be brief : Make use of similes and metaphors. This will save you from having to write long explanations that might bore your reader. It will also reveal your personal style and creative ability.

6 . Plan before you write! Write down your story idea; the characters; the setting; the crisis; the ending. Then re-arrange the idea in the best order to achieve suspense and an element of surprise at the end.

7 . Plot and characters : These aspects deserve a lot of thought. Give your characters names and personalities ! The plot must be interesting. It must have a starting-point, then reach a turning point, then come to a gratifying conclusion.


LO 1
ListeningThe learner will be able to listen for enjoyment, and respond appropriately and critically in a wide range of situations
We know this when the learner:
1.1 understands and appreciates stories, including those told by other learners.
LO 2
SpeakingThe learner will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken language in a wide range of situations
We know this when the learner:
2.1 translates and interprets stories and messages.
LO 4
WritingThe learner will be able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts for a wide range of purposes
We know this when the learner:
  • writes to communicate information:
  • writes creatively:
4.4.1 shows development in the ability to write stories, poems and play-scripts (e.g. by using figurative language);
  • designs media texts:
4.5.1 designs a simple advertisement or pamphlet;
  • treats writing as a process.
4.6.1 drafts, reads and discusses own writing critically;
  • uses feedback to revise, edit and rewrite;
  • uses knowledge of grammar, spelling, etc., to edit.



Perhaps get in an interior decorator to talk about the effects of colour in a house. Quite fascinating! Go on to using colourful foods to encourage a sick patient to eat!


Perhaps read some extracts from novels which depict a scene marvellously. They need exposure to good writing and good ideas. But again, stress the value of HAVING a vocabulary to start with!


Let them hand in the rough draft too to show evidence of editing. Again motivate, stimulate and PRAISE! Frame the best!


Let someone read this to the class but the meaning must come across by the way it is read. Then they will feel the magic of the words.

USE SIMILES : Spend time on this so that clichés are avoided and novel thoughts are rewarded!


As with similes go over the check list. Now let them go to the library and each find a poem which they find extremely evocative. They must present it to the class, give the title of the book, the compiler etc and then read the poem with feeling! This very often encourages others to look for that book!


Explain about the Khoi-San and their method of passing on their history; about the “scop” who told tales of daring at banquets, about epic poetry, about telling stories to children, about soapies and their success because of the story element. Then see how WELL they can tell a story. Perhaps tell them some of your favourite stories. Go on to fables and legends (e.g. Indaba, My Children).

Questions & Answers

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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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