What is it? Creating a fictional story based on a given situation – speculating (guessing) about what could happen next
How do you do it?
Try and use personal experience as a guide to your writing
Think about audience (teachers)
Use SENSORY language – use AT LEAST 3 of the five senses to draw the readers in
Include dialogue – use proper grammar/punctuation
Dialect/slang are compositional risks – could be great, could blow up
Make sure your writing is COHERENT - it has to make sense from beginning to end.
Make sure your piece has a clear beginning, middle, and end - a story without an end is like an essay with no closing.
Speculative writing asks you to speculate on what might happen based on a specific situation.
The speculative prompt usually presents a brief scenario. Students will use that scenario as a springboard for writing a story, drawing on stories they have read as well as their own experiences to develop ideas for their own stories.
If there are multiple parts to the prompt, make sure you answer/include EACH part in your final product!
Some speculative writing prompts
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