creative nonfiction summative

Unit 1- Creative Nonfiction Summative:
“Everyone Has a Story To Tell”

Goal: The goal of this summative is for you to write and present a piece of creative nonfiction with personal flare.

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Task: Students will choose ONE story to tell. They will do so through a medium of their choosing, as long as it is done online and is a minimum of 500 words. Students will then record their presentation for our class.
Song/ Rap
Spoken word
Collection of poems
Memoir (about someone else)
Podcast etc.

Success criteria:
I have chosen a meaningful story to tell.
I have selected an appropriate method that reflects the content of my story.
I have used visuals to enhance my story.
I have participated in the planning process and activities throughout the unit.
I have used literary devices to enhance the meaning of my story.
I have included all story elements (character, setting, point of view, conflict and theme).
The theme in my story is very clear.
I have edited my writing; there are no spelling or grammar mistakes.
I have applied effective communication skills to present my story to the class.
I have posted my story on Google Classroom.
I have posted my story on the class Website.

Due Date: Thursday, December 10 @11:59PM



Step 1: What story do you want to tell? What story do you think people want to hear? What story do you think is important for people to hear?
Parent-child relationship
Immigration/ Refuge
Death of a loved one
Supernatural encounter
Obstacles you have had to overcome

Step 2: What storytelling method will you choose? Does the method suit the story?

Step 3: Complete organizer

Step 4: Student-teacher conference about your ideas.

Step 5: Start putting your story together.

Step 6: Edit

Step 7: Record (video or voice recording).

Step 8: Students will submit their final work in 2 places. First copy will go to Google Classroom so I can give you a mark and feedback. The second copy will go to our class website.






Please make sure to answer the following questions to show your thought process. These questions will be discussed during the student-teacher conference and it should be submitted on the final due date.

What story am I choosing to tell?

Why am I choosing to tell this story? Why is it important to tell?

What method will I choose to use?

Why is this method appropriate for the type of story I’m telling?

What visuals will I use to compliment my story?

Elements of a story:



What point of view is the story being told from:













Level 1


Level 2


Level 3


Level 4


Knowledge and Understanding
Understanding of unit content (e.g. story elements, themes, uses of literary devices)



I need to carefully review what creative nonfiction is, along with the specific guidelines that the teacher gave for this assignment.


I show little understanding of creative nonfiction. I do not understand the genre, and do not write about a true event or use literary devices.

I show some knowledge of creative nonfiction in terms of combining fact and form, but my writing is very factual and does not include literary devices.

I show considerable knowledge of creative nonfiction in terms of combining fact and creative writing (e.g. imagery).

I show sophisticated knowledge of the creative nonfiction form, combining fact with many poetic devices like metaphors, similes, imagery and personification.

Use of Planning Skills (generating ideas, organizing and inquiry).

I did not complete any of the planning exercises that were assigned by the teacher during this unit.

I completed few of the planning exercises that were assigned by the teacher during this unit.



I completed some of the planning exercises that were assigned by the teacher during this unit.



II completed most of the planning exercises that were assigned by the teacher during this unit.


I completed all of the planning exercises that were assigned by the teacher during this unit.



Use of Critical and Creative Thinking Processes (reading, writing, oral, critical and creative analysis, invention)

I did not demonstrate critical and/or creative thinking because the story is a familiar one, or a cliché.


I demonstrated little critical and/or creative thinking and do not go beyond the basic plot of my narrative.


I demonstrated some critical and creative thinking, but I need to reflect more on my experiences, and not just relay them. The form needs to be more creative.


I demonstrated critical and creative thinking in my presentation.

I started to reflect on my peer’s work, but it isn’t very detailed.

I demonstrated advanced critical and creative thinking in my presentation (e.g. an innovative, original topic, or a unique approach, like a monologue, song, etc.).

I have reflected on my peer’s work and have given effective feedback.

Expression and Organization of Ideas and Information (clear expression, logical organization)


My ideas are not clearly expressed.

I was not prepared to present and/or my information was not clearly presented (inaudible/confusing).

No preparation is shown. I forgot my story, or had to read it off a device.

My ideas are difficult to follow.

My piece is somewhat informative but the presentation is difficult to follow and lacks energy.

Little evidence of preparation is evident. I kept losing my place, for instance.

I sometimes can express my ideas clearly.

My piece is a little confusing and the presentation lacks energy.

Some evidence of preparation is there, but I mostly read off my sheet.

I usually express my ideas clearly.

I present my topic with some emotion.

Considerable preparation is evident and I know my piece well enough to only glance at my sheet.

Some grammatical errors.


My ideas are expressed with the utmost clarity, with good voice projection and pace.

I am energetic and enthusiastic about my topic in my presentation!

My presentation was organized, rehearsed, and mostly memorized.

Proper grammar and spelling.

Communication for Different Audiences and Purposes

My tone, level of language and word choices need to be improved. I could use a visual or some audio to heighten communication for my audience.

My tone, level of language and word choice does not suit the audience and purpose, and I use no audio or visuals.

My tone, level of language and word choice is sometimes appropriate but I do not enhance my presentation form with any audio visuals.

My tone, level of language and word choice is usually appropriate and I use a prop or visual to strengthen my presentation.

My tone, level of language and word choices are highly engaging, and I use two of the following: audio/sound, lighting, props, or visual.


(Friday, December 11 during class) *cohort B- bring headphones)

Story #1:

Whose story are you reflecting on?

What is their story about? Please give a brief summary.

Please identify 1 thematic statement from the story. What did you learn? Why is this an important story for people to read?

Why was this an effective story?

What areas do you think need improvement?

Story #2:

Whose story are you reflecting on:

What is their story about? Please give a brief summary:

Please identify 1 thematic statement from the story. What did you learn:

Why was this an effective story?

What areas do you think need improvement?







Friday, December 4:
Explain summative
Complete steps 1, 2 and 3 (story, method, organizer)
Student-teacher conference with cohort B

Work on rough copy

Monday, December 7:
Student-teacher conferences (via breakout room).
Work period- rough copy

Tuesday, December 8:
Student-teacher conferences with cohort A
Work period- Finish rough draft/ edit

Wednesday, December 9:
Practice oral presentation/ figure out visuals/ voice etc.

Thursday, December 10:
Record story
Organize website page
Submit by 11:59PM!

Friday, December 11:
Students will listen to presentations on class website
Complete reflection
Submit by 11:00AM

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