Writing A Short Story

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Grade Level
High School
Reading & Writing
Length of Time
45 minutes in class/homework a

In this lesson, students will write a short story set in the time and place that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles. They will use their own detective and assistant and write their own story.


To learn to write a story using a similar setting as a published author
To create their own short story with a detective and his assistant

Materials Needed

Notebook paper
Pens and white outs


In this lesson, the students will learn how to write a short story using the same country and similar setting as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did in his book, The Hound of the Baskervilles. They will have a detective and an assistant. They will write their story from the viewpoint of the assistant. However, they will develop their other characters and plot. They will also describe their setting using similes, personification, adjectives, and other types of literary elements, but they need to describe their setting and characters in their own words instead of using some of the same descriptions that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used in his book. When they have written their short stories, they need to set them aside for a while and then go back over them so they can check for grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and organization. They will want to make sure everything is written like they want it to be before they submit them to you for grading. When they are satisfied with their short stories, they can submit them to you so you can grade them.


You can grade them for originality, grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and organization.

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