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Micro-Fiction Mini Unit. Journal 4/29. Hyphens are used to create compound adjectives. When the adjectives in question come directly BEFORE the noun, a hyphen must be used. We also use hyphens for ages and pre-fixes. Otherwise, it’s optional. Examples! The five-year-old went to the school fair.

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Journal 4 29
Journal 4/29

  • Hyphens are used to create compound adjectives. When the adjectives in question come directly BEFORE the noun, a hyphen must be used. We also use hyphens for ages and pre-fixes. Otherwise, it’s optional. Examples!

  • The five-year-old went to the school fair.

  • The heavy-metal detector found the weapons.

  • The small two-seater aircraft landed safely.

    Now…for your quiz…

  • Define adjective:

  • Define noun:

    Write out the following sentences, then identify the noun, adjectives, and whether or not a hyphen needs to be added.

  • They had a long term relationship.

  • The fire proof vest proved to be a great life saver.

  • Their relationship was long term.

  • Santa’s new vest is fire proof.


Journal 4 291
Journal 4/29

Now…for your quiz…

  • Define adjective: A word the DESCRIBES a noun.

  • Define noun: A person, place or thing.

    Write out the following sentences, then identify the noun, adjectives, and whether or not a hyphen needs to be added.

  • They had a long-term relationship.

  • The fire-proof vest proved to be a great life saver.

  • Their relationship was long term.

  • Santa’s new vest is fire proof.


What is micro fiction
What is Micro-Fiction?

Micro-fiction- a very short story; also known as flash fiction

Specifics-

  • 250-300 Words

  • First or third person

  • Always has a protagonist, but not always an antagonist

  • starts right away with the action of the story

  • Surprise ending


Example micro fiction by annie mcmahon
Example Micro-Fiction by Annie McMahon

"Are you sure you weren't followed?" "Positive." "Were you able to secure the equipment?"Zethglanced around, and pulled a black bandanna off a shiny red metal box. He opened it ceremoniously. "With this under our power," Mauricio declared, "we will be able to annihilate the enemy before complete invasion."Zethcarefully picked one of the silver elements from the box and examined it thoughtfully. Just as he laid the piece back in place, the ground shook, the room darkened, and a voice boomed from above: "What are you two doing under the table with my toolbox?"


Example micro fiction ii by clare
Example Micro-Fiction II by Clare

He's as creased as a used bus ticket. The librarian waits patiently until he produces an old-fashioned library card.

"It's out of date," she says. "The system's changed.”

He looks around, blinking: "I used it this morning. I've been... lost in a book.”

"This book?" She asks, opening the first page.

It begins: "There's a dusty road just outside Albertsville that doesn't go anywhere...”

The man at the counter says: "No, don't...”

But it's too late. His voice floats away on the breeze. She turns her face against it and sets off down that dusty road...


Developing imagery
Developing Imagery

  • Imagery- Using language to help the reader paint a picture of the story you are telling

    • Use adjectives and descriptive language to give the details of your story.

    • Tell your reader what you want them to see in their heads as they read


The importance of imagery
The Importance of Imagery

  • Picture the following –

  • The dog sat.


The importance of imagery1
The Importance of Imagery

  • Picture the following –

  • The large dog stood next to the man in a hat.


The importance of imagery2
The Importance of Imagery

  • Picture the following –

  • The black lab swam in the crystal clear swimming pool.


The importance of imagery3
The Importance of Imagery

Picture the following-

A black and brown dachshund with a yellow tennis ball clamped in its mouth and glasses on its eyes sits in an office chair at a messy desk covered in paperwork with one little paw on top of it all.


Your turn
Your Turn…

Write a sentence describing this picture in detail.


Dialogue
Dialogue

  • All micro-fictions use DIALOGUE. Dialogue is when characters talk to one another, but there a few RULES you need to know about dialogue.

  • First, make sure it’s clear WHO is speaking.

    The small grasshopper spoke gently,“It came out of nowhere…”

    “It had to have come from somewhere!”Roger responded vehemently.

    • The words in RED are what we call “tags” they are vital to your story, otherwise your reader will be CONFUSED.

    • Notice, anytime someone different is speaking we start a NEW line.

    • When a character starts speaking, we always capitalize.

    • Finally, notice how the commas and quotation marks are used. I’ve highlighted them in BLUE.

  • Using your new knowledge, fix the example below…

    But Mom, I want to go! Sally said obnoxiously. I think you’ll live responded her mother.


  • Dialogue1
    Dialogue

    “But Mom, I want to go!” Sally said obnoxiously.

    “I think you’ll live.” responded her mother.


    Dialogue2
    Dialogue

    • Finally, “said” is such a boring word! So…I FORBID IT…look through the list of “100 Ways to Say Said” for inspiration.


    Micro fiction assignment
    Micro-Fiction Assignment

    • Create a micro-fiction that meets the following requirements:

      • 250-300 words in length

      • First or third person

      • Always has a protagonist

      • Starts right away with the action of the story

      • Surprise ending

      • Uses imagery

      • Uses dialogue

        • BUT DO NOT USE “SAID”


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