Students will demonstrate their ability to maneuver the story by putting character and action to the story line.
Have students hand in their typed working copy. They will each receive 20 points. Mix the copies up thoroughly. Choose randomly one of them. That student will be the one who will “go” first.
Each student, in the order you pull their story copy out, will have a 1-2 minutes in front of the class to explain his story so each class member knows what it is about.
Once everyone has had a few minutes in front of the class, allow the class to mingle and “audition” for certain parts. Set a few guidelines so one student doesn’t end up in all of the stories: Each student can only be “lead” in two stories. Everyone must have at least one speaking role, etc. (set the rules that work for your situation.)
Call class back to order ten minutes before bell rings. Assess the situation. See who still needs casting time. Have students write their cast list and hand it in.
Students can be assessed by being able to verbalize a vision for their story and having “cast” their stories with other classmates.