The Task

  Writing Styles

  Writing Tips


  The Stories:

  Good Advice...

  The Free Radio

  The Prophet's Hair


  Ruby Slippers


  Harmony of Spheres

  Chekov and Zulu

  The Courter


Students will read the East, West collection of short stories by Salman Rushdie, using the stories as inspiration and potential models for their own writing. They will engage with the stories in a variety of ways in class and via the activities and questions on the associated website. The focus of the activities will be on experimenting with different forms of writing, learning specific techniques that can help bring writing to life and editing work for clarity and impact. Students will ultimately submit two connected pieces of their own writing that draw on the work they have done in the unit for assessment. The aim is for students to consolidate their understanding of the short story form and develop their writing and editing skills. A written explanation of decisions about form, purpose, language, audience and context must accompany each text.


Official website


Contemporary Writers

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New York Times

Garret Wilson

Books: East West


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East West: a reading and creative writing unit developed by Ross Barham, Amanda Carroll, Blair Mahoney, and G. Marotous.
Web site designed, constructed and maintained by G. Marotous, 2010.
© 2010. Melbourne High School English Faculty.