paragraph stories

paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
“What are you doing?” Jo-Ann asked.
by Kathleen Curran, Canyon Country, California

paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
When you revise your story, get the word count down by removing repetitions and any kind of filler. But save this type of editing for after you’ve finished writing a rough draft.
If you want to create the effect of a detailed picture, but you don’t have room for a lot of details, you have to choose your details carefully.

paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
Reading Level: Fairly Easy
Reading Level: Intermediate

Short stories are a fun way to get kids involved with reading. There are so many benefits: the fun characters, the simple-to-follow plot, and the lessons they teach. The following 2-paragraph short stories are ideal for grades 2 through 5 because they are quick and easy reads and have a moral. These morals provide talking points for teachers and parents to help introduce character traits to children or to reinforce ideas.
Synopsis: A 9-year-old boy looks down and his pants are wet and there is a puddle between his legs; he has peed his pants. This is an awful situation for any person to be in, but just when he thought this was the worst day in his life, Susie slips and spills a fish bowl of water right in the boy’s lap. The boy is so happy that no one noticed before the water got spilt on him. The teacher rushes him to the nurse because his pants are soaked in fish water, his friends feel bad for him, and Susie whispers to him, ‘I’ve wet my pants too.’ This shows kids that we all have bad days and it is important to remember to have empathy at all times.

paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
He came out of his den and searched here and there. He could find only a small hare. He caught the hare with some hesitation. “This hare can’t fill my stomach” thought the lion.
The lion without hurting him goes away.

paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
Varying paragraph lengths in text provides diversity in the narrative that adds interest for the reader. Long paragraphs unify a more ponderous and serious mood in a reader. Interspersing these with short paragraphs will break up the reader’s tendency for complacent reading and livens the narrative. The short paragraphs, by default, provide areas of emphasis within a sea of longer text. The fiction writer may use these to make a subtle point.
Fiction writers use paragraphs much like punctuation to create a visual flow of narrative that varies in cadence, tone and flavor for readers. This is accomplished in several ways.

He had everything a kid his age would want-a wonderful, loving family; good friends; and he went to a happy little school called Happy Days Primary School. He lived in a happy town full of happy people. The neighbourhood he lived in was happy and peaceful. But above all, his home was happy and cosy.

The only way that the reader can find out is to read more. By all means arouse curiosity, and more curiosity…

In response to Nathan–I don’t think it is the five paragraph essay that makes a student lose voice. Voice is dependent on many things, not the least of which being a broad and diverse vocabulary and the capacity to draw upon that vocabulary with nuance and precision. Perhaps a formula holds a handful of kids back from personal expression, but I’ve worked with many kids for whom the concreteness of the 5p, or the Schaeffer (sp?) paragraph, or other formulas is actually empowering and freeing, enabling them to understand the expected parameters and then flourish within them to be effective in what is otherwise too often an abstract endeavor. Ideally, these formulas are but one step in the student’s progress as a writer, and if the voice is within them, they transcend the 5p model eventually.
The more I work with struggling writers, the less I emphasize voice. For one, the reason many writers struggle is because they do not have the same intuition about writing that their English teacher might–the intuition that manifests as voice. Just as some athletes, artists, or musicians may have a natural inclination or predisposition, the same is true for writers. Take two individuals and offer the same training and the with the disposition toward the task will be the one who becomes exceptional, while the other may simply become effective or efficient. All of us can run, but not all of us can run a sub-five mile. All of us can draw, but some of us are limited to stick-figure-theater. We can all write–some of us can write with confidence and communicate in a voice that carries “a sense of the writer behind the words” as so many rubrics characterize “voice.” To write with voice (as an adolescent, or perhaps ever) requires either a natural inclination or the maturity that comes with experience and reflection. It is about what is teachable: idea development, organization, and conventions are teachable; Voice is not (and if I’m incorrect, please direct me toward resources for teaching voice that don’t rely on the premise of telling the student to “write what he feels” since not all students even want to do that). That’s a really long winded way of defending the 5p essay against the claim that it is guilty of stifling voice.
It’s flexible.
Not only does it work as an essay, but it also comes in handy when writing
short stories. You introduce the characters and setting in the first paragraph,
throw in a beginning, middle and end and wrap up the story with a fifth
paragraph and boom: you’ve got yourself a story. Other uses come quickly to
mind: fairy tales, pourquoi tales, even the standard three-part joke can trace
its roots to the five-paragraph format. Once you’ve mastered the five paragraph
essay, the sky’s the limit.

paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad

You’re in love; it’s great, you swipe on your phone and order: the next day a Taylor Swift clone shows up at your house. It’s not awkward, it’s everything you want. She knows all her songs, and she sings them just for you. When you put your Taylor Swift to bed (early, you got a big day tomorrow) you peek over the fence into the Rosenblatt’s yard, and the lights are blazing. Your best friend Tina has three Taylor Swifts swimming in her pool. She has a miniature Taylor Swift she keeps on a perch, a Taylor Swift with wings. You’re so jealous. She’s not even paying attention to them, she’s too busy having sex with her other Taylor Swifts, they’re so fucking loud it’s disgusting. You hate Taylor Swift…

Flash fiction is many things: hilariously difficult to categorize; confusingly known as “microfiction,” “short shorts,” “minisagas,” “dribble,” and “drabble”; and sometimes, even dangerous.

Poor creatures, he thought. You throw yourselves into the fire and, for a split second, burnt to death. Then you become a black dot on the table. A simple black dot is what remains of you in the world. You silly, lovely creatures! I remember how I was crazy as you are. I loved what I had never had. I was ready to die to quell the pain that I felt for the thing I never had. Nothing helped, though. Even the war let me down with a half-mended heart. Now it began bleeding out of nothing. Or, out of remembrance.

He sat down in the chair in the darkness and leaned his arms on the table in front of him. He turned his face to the door. Under the flickering light, his face looked like the figures engraved on the stone walls of dark caverns that hosted men unlike him. Only his eyes moved to watch the insects fly into the room through the door that was slightly ajar and burn themselves in the scorching fire of the kerosene lamp.