In Cyber English class, we formed groups in which we collaborated to make short stories. My group consisted of Zach H., Will O., and me. Throughout the course of a month, we each made a fictional character while making a similar story that included all of our characters in it. This is a reflection on the work that we have done.
While collaborating and making many aspects of the story in our group, it was difficult because we didn’t have enough communication and our stories turned out to be way more different than we expected they’d be. I was the type of group member who was working almost the whole class time and had the longest story amongst the class. I’d always be participating in class and would be helping my group mates out whenever they asked for help from me. Looking back I wouldn’t really change anything about my participation because I was working good, being on task, and getting things done as well.
My short story met all of the criteria that was needed for the story and all of the assignments that were needed were in on time too. The peer review process seemed sort of confusing/difficult because many times I wasn’t able to edit my peers stories since Google was down. I thought that it was somewhat of a help to me since I was able to make my story better but it wasn’t as good as I thought it could be. Furthermore I don’t think that I’d change anything in my peer review letter since I did everything I could to help my peers edit their stories.
In my story, creativity on the creation of the story was key. We’d discussed and analyzed characterization, setting, dialogue, conflict, tone and theme. Here are some passages from my story that show this creativity in it:
‘One week later, it was show time. Marshall contacted Lewis one more time before go to the concert that day, and Lewis confirmed that he had convinced Marshaun to meet him at the concert. Then Lewis gave Marshall his nine and said, “You’ve only got one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. You know this opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” They then departed, moving to the opposite sides of the Cow Palace Arena where they would sit. Marshall knew this was make or break. If he didn’t shoot him it would have come to nothing with an attempted murder and Marshaun would get away. On the other hand if he did shoot Marshaun and it was reported, he would go to jail that way. He was so nervous that his hands were shaking wildly as he sat in his spot in the arena, waiting for the signal from Lewis. About 10 minutes later, Lewis motioned for Marshall to slowly come over, not attracting attention from anyone. He then stopped about 15 yards from where Lewis was standing and cautiously pulled his nine out. The tension was building and building as Marshaun came closer and closer to the spot. Shortly after, Marshaun came into view of Lewis. In a blur Marshall quickly came out of cover and opened fire on Marshaun, but Marshaun knew better than to come unarmed. While turning around to aim at Marshall, Marshaun got hit in the leg by a bullet. It brought him down to the ground with excruciating pain. And while he was down, three security guards came and took Marshall away and he said, “You’ll be sorry Marshaun, I’ll be back to get you!” Marshaun was later transported to the hospital with a wound to his chest and recovered within a week.’
Between my group mates stories, they have many similarities within them. First of all, they contain the three main characters Marshall, Marshaun, and Lewis who are highly involved in the story. Secondly, the setting in all stories take place in the city of San Francisco. Another aspect is that we have the same rising action event where Marshall and Lewis meet Marshaun at the concert, and the same climax event where the G-Unit finally takes down Marshaun. A lot of the details are surprisingly different which is what we didn’t want but we didn’t expect either. I think that it was kind of difficult to try connect our stories more because we went our own ways trying to write our own kind of story and they ended up being quite different.
Now, I think that the favorite part in my short story is the rising action event (showed above), because I’d think that it is one of my best pieces of writing throughout the whole story and is filled with a lot of suspense, then the action. Finally, what I’m most proud of in my story was that I was able to create that kind of story only starting out with three characters that our group had made up in our own minds, while progressively creating what they did in our own image.