Introduction to Short Stories and Narratives

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Introduction to Short Stories and Narratives

  1. 1. Short Stories<br />9 English – Mr Jensen<br />
  2. 2. Unit Overview<br />Looking at features of Narrative Texts and Short Stories<br />Assessment: You will write a Short Story, based on a piece of stimulus provided<br />Due: First Lesson Wk. 5<br />Own and class time to complete<br />
  3. 3. Narrative Text Features Review<br />Plot <br />Characters<br />Hero<br />Villain<br />Mentor<br />Helpers<br />Setting<br />Theme/issue<br />
  4. 4. Blackadder the Third<br />Characters:<br />Prince George<br />Mr Blackadder<br />Baldrick<br />Samuel Johnson<br />Byron, Shelly and Coleridge<br />
  5. 5. Short stories and narratives<br />An introduction…<br />Mr Jensen<br />
  6. 6. Definitions: <br />Narrative:<br />A narrative is a story that is created in a constructive format (as a work of writing, speech, poetry, prose, pictures, song, motion pictures, video games, theatre or dance) that describes a sequence of fictional or non-fictional events. ...<br />The systematic recitation of an event or series of events; That which is narrated; Telling a story; Being overly talkative; garrulous<br />narratively - In a narrative manner: in the form of a story; In terms of the narrative<br />A Verse or prose accounting of an event or sequence of events, real or invented. The term is also used as an adjective in the sense "method of narration. ...<br />poetry that tells a story<br />Telling a story. Ballads, epics, and lays are different kinds of narrative poems.<br />
  7. 7. Definitions:<br />Short story:<br />a prose narrative shorter than a novel <br />A short story is a work of fiction that is usually written in prose, often in narrative format. This format tends to be more pointed than longer ...<br />Fiction under 10,000 words.<br />A short fictional narrative. It is difficult to set forth the point at which a short story becomes a short novel (novelette), or the page number ...<br />a short prose fiction usually depicting a single incident (unlike most novels). A newer form than the novel, the modern short story dates from the early nineteenth century.<br />
  8. 8. But what actually constitues a story?<br />There are four (4) key parts of any story/narrative/short story or plotline:<br />1. Title and Orientation<br />2. The Complication/s<br />3. The Climax<br />4. The Resolution<br />
  9. 9. But what actually constitues a story?<br />Title and Orientation.<br />Orientation is a function of the mind involving awareness of three dimensions: time, place and person.<br />The Orientation of a short story introduces us to the setting of the story including where, when and who/the main characters.<br />The Orientation MUSTbe interesting and catch the readers attention and make them want to keep reading!<br />
  10. 10. But what actually constitues a story?<br />The Complication/s<br />The complications of a short story are the little events that occur as the plot ‘thickens’ towards the ‘big event’ in the story – e.g. Finding Nemo (discuss)<br />The complications add tension to a text and excite or stimulate us to keep reading and engaging with the story more and more.<br />The complications lead us up to… (next slide)<br />
  11. 11. But what actually constitues a story?<br />The Climax!<br />The Climax is the ‘big event’ of a story!<br />E.g. Finding Nemo (discuss)<br />This type of event is led up to by the complications and is the point of maximum tension.<br />
  12. 12. But what actually constitues a story?<br />The Resolution…<br />The resolution is the part of the story where the tension is released.<br />You could call it the wind down or the ‘happily ever after’ moment.<br />E.g. Finding Nemo (discuss)<br />
  13. 13. So how else can we put this? <br />
  14. 14. Describing Setting<br />A hospital ward at midnight…<br />Sounds like?<br />Looks like?<br />Feels like?<br />Smells like?<br />Tastes like?<br />Write 3 or 4 adjectives after each sense. <br />
  15. 15. Or…<br />

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