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What is a Short Story?
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What is a Short Story?
A short story is shorter than a novel, but longer than a
poem. It is usually between 1,000 and 20,0...
History of the Short Story
Stories and storytelling have existed for as long as people
have had language. People love and ...
Overview of Short Story
Short stories have their face in oral story-telling traditions
and the prose anecdote, a swiftly s...
Reading Authentic
Literary texts in
English
Reading authentic literaty texts can be
difficult. They may contain grammatica...
Preparing yourself for a story
It is always a good idea to prepare yourself ,
mentally, before starting a story.
 Look at...
Tips for dealing with
difficult passages
Tips for dealing with
difficult words
 Some stories include particularly
difficu...
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What is a short story

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  2. 2. What is a Short Story? 2
  3. 3. What is a Short Story? A short story is shorter than a novel, but longer than a poem. It is usually between 1,000 and 20,000 words long. It tells a story which can usually be read quite quickly. It often concentrates on one, central event; it has a limited number of characters, and takes place within a short space of time. 3
  4. 4. History of the Short Story Stories and storytelling have existed for as long as people have had language. People love and need stories. They help us explain and understand the world. Before people could read and write storytellers travelled from village to village, telling stories. The first written stories developed from this storytelling tradition. Two of the best-known examples of early, written stories in Europe appeared in the 14th century. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Bocaccio’s Decameron are both based on the same idea- a group of people who are travelling for a short time, agree to tell each other stories. 4
  5. 5. Overview of Short Story Short stories have their face in oral story-telling traditions and the prose anecdote, a swiftly sketched situation that quickly comes to its point. Nineteenth-century writers well known for their short stories include Nikolai Gogol, Guy de Maupassant. Authors such as Charles Dickens, Kurt Vonnegut, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Virginia Woolf, Bolesław Prus, Rudyard Kipling, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, P.G. Wodehouse and Ernest Hemingway were highly accomplished writers of both short stories and novels. 5
  6. 6. Reading Authentic Literary texts in English Reading authentic literaty texts can be difficult. They may contain grammatical structures you haven’t studied, or expressions and sayings you are not familiar with.When you are reading authentic short stories, remember:  It should be a pleasure!  Let the story carry you along.  Don’t worry about looking up difficult words unless they stop you from understanding the story. 6
  7. 7. Preparing yourself for a story It is always a good idea to prepare yourself , mentally, before starting a story.  Look at the title. What does it tell you about the story? What do you expect the story to be about?  Quickly read the first few paragraphs and answer these questions:  Where is the set?  When is the set?  Who is the main character?  As you read concentrate on the following gist (the general idea) of the story. You can go back and look at the details later. 7 Reading Authentic Literary texts in English
  8. 8. Tips for dealing with difficult passages Tips for dealing with difficult words  Some stories include particularly difficult passages. Try to read these passages quickly, understand what you can and then continue with the story.  If , at any time, you are finding it difficult to follow the story, go back to this difficult passage; it may hold answers to your questions.  Read through the passage again carefully and underline all the unknown words. Try to understand as much as you can from the immediate context and what you know about the story.  Decide if the word or phrase is important to overall message.Read the whole paragraph. Do you understand the general meaning? Yes? Then the word isn’t important.  If you decide the word is important , see if you can work out its meaning from the context. Is it a verb, a noun or an adjective? Is it positive or is it negative? How would you translate it into your own language?  If you keep seeing the same word in the story, and you still can’t understand it, look in monolingual dictionary! 8

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