Imitating An Author's Style

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Grade Level
High School
Length of Time
1 hour

Students will read a short story of their choice and write an original short story that resembles the style of the short story they read.


Students will learn:
To develop their understanding of style
To write a short story of their own imitating an author's style

Materials Needed

A short story of the student's choice
Paper for notes
Pens and whiteouts
Notebook paper


First, you will have students read a short story and take notes while they read.

Then, you will have them write an original short story imitating the author's style.

For example, if the author starts out with describing the setting like Raymond Chandler does in his stories, then, students need to start their original short story like that.

When the students have finished the assignment, you can grade them.


You can grade on how well they imitated the writer's style and on how they wrote their short story. Did they use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure?

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