Write the sentences.
Answer Agree/Disagree. Tell why.
– ___ Hunting is a sport.
– ___ Animals have no feelings.
– ___ Hunting is evil.
– ___ Hunting is unfair.
– ___ Strength is more important than intelligence.
– ___ Bringing a gun to a knife fight is fair.
Short stories are written in prose.
Everything but poetry is prose.
What is Setting? Brush
Where and when the story takes place
Can be real or imaginary
Described by using sensory imagery =
Language that appeals to the five senses:
Three Elements of
– The geographical location the story takes place.
– The type of surroundings in which the story
– The time in history (or the future) in which the
story takes place.
PLEASE NOTE: Many of these elements
intertwine in writing and aren’t “distinct.”
Sets the story’s mood
A dark and stormy night
A bright, sunny day
A castle on the
edge of a cliff
Think of a place you have been.
Without telling them the place,
describe the setting to your partner
and see if he or she can guess where
and when your setting is.
Each person shares 1 setting; each
person guesses 1 time.
Did they guess right?
Setting and Characters
The setting helps the reader better
understand the characters.
Characters interact with the setting to
show and tell the story.
Setting helps the reader share what
the characters see, hear, smell, and
Setting and Plot
The setting supports the plot and
should make sense.
You should know! Plot is the
organized pattern or sequence of
events that make up a story.
Some events foreshadow other
– What is foreshadowing? Jot down your
Types of Linear Plots
Plots can be told in:
-Chronological order Most stories are told in
chronological order, the order in which events happen
in real time.
-Flashback when the story begins with a character
speaking as he or she remembers events from a past
-In media res (in the middle of things) when the story
starts in the middle of the action without exposition
Five stages of Plot Brush
Exposition- introduces the story’s
characters, setting, and conflict.
Rising Action- occurs as complications,
twists, or intensifications of the conflict
Climax- is the emotional high point of the
Falling Action- is the logical result of the
Resolution- presents the final outcome of
Review: (7 min)
Find your 5:00 clock buddy
Answer these questions:
– What are the three elements of setting?
– Everything but _______ is written in prose.
– The setting supports the _____.
– Label this plot diagram
TAG it!TAG it!
T(itle):T(itle): “The Most Dangerous Game”“The Most Dangerous Game”
A(uthor): Richard ConnellA(uthor): Richard Connell
G(enre): short storyG(enre): short story
Below are some words associated with the story. Make a
prediction about the story and use all the words in a
paragraph. (5 min)
"The Most Dangerous Game"
Study Guide Questions Part 1:Study Guide Questions Part 1:
paired readpaired read
(pg. )(pg. )
1.1. Identify the setting at the beginning ofIdentify the setting at the beginning of
the work.the work.
2.2. Rainsford has no sympathy forRainsford has no sympathy for
3.3. What happened to Rainsford whenWhat happened to Rainsford when
he reached for his pipe?he reached for his pipe?
4.4. WhatWhat’s the first thing Rainsford does’s the first thing Rainsford does
when he reaches shore?when he reaches shore?
5.5. What does General Zaroff thinkWhat does General Zaroff think “are“are
the attributes of an ideal quarry”?the attributes of an ideal quarry”?
6.6. What is the conflict betweenWhat is the conflict between
Rainsford and Zaroff in the first partRainsford and Zaroff in the first part
of the story?of the story?
Interactive NotebookInteractive Notebook
(5 min)(5 min)
Compare & Contrast the main characters byCompare & Contrast the main characters by
completing a Venn diagram.completing a Venn diagram.
Write details that tell how the subjects are different
in the outer circles. Write details that tell how the
subjects are alike where the circles overlap.
Ticket Out the Door-
Without looking at your notes, list the
three elements of setting.
Bellringer – Journal (3/4Bellringer – Journal (3/4
Value of Life-When is it okay to take life
away? Describe a situation when this would be
Alternately, write a short story about a
person that values human life and works to
save it at all costs.
Plot is often created through conflict
Conflict is what drives the plot of a story
What are the two kinds of conflict?
– External= outside forces
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Society
– Internal= emotions & fears
Man vs. Self
Different words have double meanings
Denotation is the dictionary meaning of a word.
Connotation is the emotions or feelings
associated with a word.
The word Dinky has emotional overtones
whereas the word Small has none (or fewer.)
Look at the title of our short story again. What is
the denotations and the connotation of “game”?
Vocabulary Review:Vocabulary Review:
8:00 Clock Buddies8:00 Clock Buddies
1.1. Is itIs it imprudentimprudent for bicyclists to wearfor bicyclists to wear
2.2. Would you admire a person whoWould you admire a person who
surmountedsurmounted a difficulty?a difficulty?
3.3. Does anDoes an aristocrataristocrat worry about money?worry about money?
4.4. Would you want your house to beWould you want your house to be dankdank??
Do you know theseDo you know these
Literary Terms?Literary Terms?
Internal ConflictInternal Conflict
External ConflictExternal Conflict
Chronological orderChronological order
Third-Person NarrationThird-Person Narration
(point of view)(point of view)
Characterization BrushCharacterization Brush
Protagonist – main characterProtagonist – main character
Antagonist – opposing forceAntagonist – opposing force
Flat – few characteristics, not well developedFlat – few characteristics, not well developed
Round - many characteristics, well developedRound - many characteristics, well developed
Static – does not changeStatic – does not change
Dynamic - changesDynamic - changes
Minor/Major – small/big rolesMinor/Major – small/big roles
Things to think about as youThings to think about as you
7. Zaroff7. Zaroff’s human quarry usually consist of ___________.’s human quarry usually consist of ___________.
8. What are the directions (rules) for the game? (page8. What are the directions (rules) for the game? (page
9. What type of9. What type of “collection” does Zaroff want to show“collection” does Zaroff want to show
Rainsford? (pg. 16)Rainsford? (pg. 16)
10.What causes Rainsford to become the hunted?10.What causes Rainsford to become the hunted?
11. How is Zaroff wounded? (page 20)11. How is Zaroff wounded? (page 20)
12. How does Rainsford trap one of Zaroff12. How does Rainsford trap one of Zaroff’s hounds?’s hounds?
13. How and where does the game end? What is meant13. How and where does the game end? What is meant
byby “I am still a beast at bay?” Who wins?“I am still a beast at bay?” Who wins?
Match each event in the first column with the event in the second
column that it foreshadows.
1. Whitney tells
Rainsford about the
evil reputation of the
2. The island is called
Ship-Trap Island, and
sailors fear it.
3. Zaroff tells Rainsford
that he has found a
new, more dangerous
animal to hunt.
4. Zaroff knows that
Rainsford is a famous
big game hunter.
a. The most dangerous
game that Zaroff
hunts is human
b. Zaroff hunts
c. Rainsford falls
overboard and swims
to the island.
d. Zaroff traps ships and
captures sailors, who
serve as his prey.
Island MapIsland Map
3:00 Clock Activity:
Using what you know about plot and
setting, create a plot map for Ship-
Trap Island. You must label your map.
Use your study guide for the rubric
and instructions. You must include all
parts to get all possible points.
Ticket Out the Door-
1.1. Without looking at your notes, explain theWithout looking at your notes, explain the
difference between external and internaldifference between external and internal
2. Evaluate which is the dynamic, static, and
subordinate (minor) character. Explain your
Format for a Plot Diagram
Homework: (Create a plot diagram forreate a plot diagram for “The Most“The Most
Dangerous Game” by using this formatDangerous Game” by using this format)
background and setting
Rising Action – 3
Falling action -- one
detail about what
leads to the end of
Resolution -- the
end of the
Man Vs. Man
Man Vs. Self
Point of View:
Bellringer: Journal ¾ pg.Bellringer: Journal ¾ pg.
Fear-How does fear impact our
decision making? What fear have you
had to overcome in order to complete
The famous hunter, Sanger Rainsford,
falls overboard and swims to Ship
Trap Island. Owner of the island,
General Zaroff, hunts men for sport.
He will hunt Rainsford.
Question: Who is causing the conflicts?
This person is our antagonist!
Question: Who is facing the conflicts?
This person is our protagonist!
1. Rainsford hides up a tree. Zaroff lets
2. Rainsford builds a Malay man-
catcher which wounds Zaroff.
3. Rainsford builds a Burmese tiger pit.
It kills one of Zaroff’s dogs.
4. Rainsford builds a Ugandan knife
trap. It kills Ivan.
5. Rainsford dives into the sea.
6. Zaroff goes home, believing he has
won the game.
Question: What is the highest point of
tension and suspense in the
Answer: Rainsford confronts Zaroff
in his bedroom.
Question: How does the story end?
Answer: Rainsford sleeps in Zaroff’s
bed. Rainsford has killed
You can not understand what it is like
for others until you truly walk in their
Point of View
Who is telling the story? Is it a character in the
story? If not it is a third person narrator.
Can we get into the minds of all characters
and know their thoughts? If so then it is an
omniscient narrator. If not it is a limited
narrator because we are limited to knowing
one character’s thoughts.
Create and write an alternate ending to “The Most
Dangerous Game” utilizing (and identifying within
your text) the following three poetic devices:
simile, metaphor & imagery. Minimum: 1 page
typed (double spaced) Underline your similes.
Circle your metaphor and italicize your examples of
imagery! Incorporate the following:
Utilize the quote…He had never slept in a
better bed, Rainsford decided somewhere in
5 examples of imagery (1 example for each
sense…taste, touch, smell, sight and sound)
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