"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and Elements of a Short Story


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"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and Elements of a Short Story

  1. 1. When Greg Ridley wanders into an empty apartment building, he meets Lemon Brown, a homeless man who reveals that he has a treasure. What will Greg and Lemon Brown do when thieves come searching for the treasure? Cress - Lang. Arts 8
  2. 2. <ul><li>Born 1937 in West Virginia, but spent most of his life in Harlem, NYC. </li></ul><ul><li>Raised by foster parents, his life was happy but chaotic. </li></ul><ul><li>He grew up with a speech impediment. Writing became a habit and he acquired an early love of reading. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1954, he quit high school and joined the army. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram </li></ul>1 2 3 4 5
  4. 5. <ul><li>Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem). </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>AKA “Denoeument” </li></ul><ul><li>The story comes to a reasonable ending. </li></ul>
  10. 11. 1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story End of Story
  11. 12. <ul><li>Setting- The time and place in which the story takes place. </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict-The struggle in the story. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Person vs. Person… the leading character struggles against another character. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Person vs. Self… the leading character struggles against his or her own self. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Person vs, Society… the leading character struggles against a population. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Person vs. Nature… the leading character struggles against fate/events. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>First person- Narrator participates in the action of the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Second person- Narrator tells the story to another character, referring to them as “you“. </li></ul><ul><li>Third person- Narrator does not participate in the action; is not one of the characters. An outside voice. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited- Narrator’s knowledge is limited to only one character, either major or minor. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Omniscient- Knows EVERYTHING, knows all thoughts/feelings from every character in the story. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Protagonist- The central character in a written piece. </li></ul><ul><li>Antagonist- Character(s) in conflict with the main character </li></ul><ul><li>Minor Character(s)- Those in the background who don’t play a major role. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Mood- Effect of the writer’s words on the reader. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This story made me really sad…  ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Style- How the writer’s expression sets him or her apart from other writers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ O. Henry uses much bigger words than any author I’ve ever read before! Why is he so wordy?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tone- Author’s attitude toward the subject. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The author seems to suggest that we should all treat homeless people the same way the protagonist treated Lemon Brown…” </li></ul></ul>