Short Stories



Theseus and the Minotaur

In this unit you are going to write your own version of the ancient Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. It is a story that has been told in many ways over the centuries, but now is the time for you to make it your own.

First of all, let’s make sure we know the story. Here’s a basic version.

Theseus and the Minotaur Reading Comprehension

This story is so old that no-one knows who told it first. The good thing about stories like that is that you can do whatever you like with them to make them your own. Here’s what some students have done.

Some made a funny video.

Theseus and the Minotaur Video

Others wrote stories that added a lot of extra detail about character, motive and plot. Here are some.

Theseus and the Minotaur, by Emma Larsson

Theseus and the Minotaur, by Ella Faris

Finally, learn from the professionals. Pixar always tell good stories. Here are their secrets!


Now, if you feel inspired, it’s time to begin your own story. Let’s plan, first.

Follow the different stages of the story in the documents below. They will give you some idea of the techniques you need to learn to be a successful writer.

The Beginning

Intro Jigsaw


The Middle

Into the Labyrinth

The Minotaur

The End

The Escape



Myth words and their meanings:


Writing Tips

Use some of the ideas below to help you become a better writer. We will go through these in class; then you should use these tips to improve your story – your teacher will expect to see signs in your story that you have used some of these ideas.

Sentence Builder 2015



Greek myth words

Words instead of said copy


Now, write your story. Follow the instructions posted on Veracross.

Remember, the best stories – like the best of all student work – will be published in the Purple Duck, the school literary magazine. Find it by clicking on the duck!


 Theseus unit 5

Proof Reading 1


Newspaper Article

At the end of this unit you will try a different task. Newspaper articles also tell stories, but in their own way. Newspapers also have their own design and layout. An important part of English A is learning and practicing different styles of writing. In this task, you are going to design your own newspaper front page, featuring all the usual items found on a typical front page, plus two articles written by you.

Use these documents to help you.



English Games




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