The 1001 Flat World Tales

-- a never-ending tale from student writers around the world....

Task:


Your job is to save the human race from Alien invaders! You must tell an amazing story that keeps the Alien King interested in order to stay alive. You will post your story here on this wiki so that your friends can help you make it better. They will give you feedback in the "discussion" tab above your story.



Assessment:


Each student will use this wiki to draft his/her story. He/she will also be "King" to other students writing their stories. As "King," your job is to decide whether the story--and storyteller--should "live or die." You will be assessed both on your story, and on the quality of advice and discussion you give to the writers you play "King" for. If you are a "nice" King--letting a bad storyteller live--you will be graded poorly; if you are a "lazy" King--not giving thoughtful reactions to the weaknesses and strengths of the story--you will also be graded poorly.

Students from other classes in other countries are encouraged to join us in this wiki. Feedback on your story from a reader from a different culture will be far more helpful than feedback from a reader who is from the same culture!

Participating teachers will play "King" for the fourth draft. If we say your story is not strong enough for you to "survive," I will give you advice on why I say that. You will have as many chances to revise after my judgment as you like, until due date.



Publication:


If your story deserves to "live," you will be published--really published, and only because your story really did entertain all of us in the audience--on your blog. All stories that "live" will be linked, on each student blog, to another story that lives. This way, we will create a new type of book: a "blog-chain book" that jumps, chapter by chapter, story by story, from blog to blog.



Invitation to Student Writers from Other Countries


Other writers from other countries are welcome to submit their own story, and we will add links to blogs with good stories whenever they are submitted. Stories will only be accepted if they show something about the culture the student is from, as the Arabian Nights show insight into Arab and Persian culture, and as our own Korean Nights student stories show things about Korean culture. Please join us! This story can grow and live not just for 1,000 nights, but forever! It's a new kind of book--I don't think it's ever been done in the history of writing!


Process:


First Draft:
Find your name on the students page. Click on it. On your page, click "edit this page." Then write a first draft of "the most amazing story that ever happened to you (or a parent, friend, or relative)". Write it in third person narrative voice ("he" and "she," not "I").

Focus on these things:
a. Details that show something unique about your home culture.
b. Good writing style, grammar, spelling and punctuation.