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Writing a Short Story: The Mystery of the Empty House

In this worksheet, students will have 45 minutes to write a short story.

'Writing a Short Story: The Mystery of the Empty House' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Consider Purpose of Own Writing

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is a writing task, where you must write a story within a set time limit. You may need to ask your parent or guardian to time you, and don't worry if you haven't finished when the time is up.

 

When you've finished, ask your parent or guardian to mark your work and let you know what your score was, and possibly give you a target for next time.

You have been asked to enter a writing competition run by your local library.

The task is to write a short story called 'The Mystery of the Empty House'.  

 

 

You should spend about 45 minutes on this task. Do not worry if the story is not completely finished by the end of this time. 

  • Question 1

You have been asked to enter a writing competition run by your local library.

The task is to write a short story called 'The Mystery of the Empty House'.  

 

 

You should spend about 45 minutes on this task. Do not worry if the story is not completely finished by the end of this time. 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Use the mark scheme below to mark your child's answer.

Writing mark scheme based on National Curriculum levels:

9 or 10 marks:
Writing is controlled and confident. They use a range of vocabulary and spelling is generally correct. Paragraphs clearly support the meaning.

7 or 8 marks:
Starting to vary sentence structure. Using “although, on the other hand, meanwhile” (connectives). Using paragraphs to clearly organise their work.

5 or 6 marks:
Using “if, when, because” (connectives). Beginning to use paragraphs. Punctuation, including speech marks, used correctly.

3 or 4 marks:
Use some complex sentences with “and, but, so,” (connectives) in them. Basic spelling and punctuation correct. Straightforward sentences used.

1 or 2 marks:
Using capital letters and full stops. Vary the way they begin a sentence. Simple vocabulary.
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