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Short Stories - Megan


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Short Stories - Megan

  1. 1. Short Stories: Because reading and writing is good for your brains, and possibly also for your skin.
  2. 2. The Rules: A Short Story Should…
  3. 4. What is in a Short Story? <ul><li>A storyline or plot – what happens? </li></ul><ul><li>Point of view – who is telling the story? </li></ul><ul><li>The characters – who is involved in the plot? </li></ul><ul><li>The setting – when and where? </li></ul><ul><li>A theme – a message about life… </li></ul>
  4. 5. Identifying the Theme <ul><li>1. Analyze and understand the main character </li></ul><ul><li>2. Figure out the conflict – it will always involve the main character (with self, others, society or nature) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Decide how the conflict is resolved – did good triumph over evil? What is implied? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Make a generalization – what do the above three aspects imply to us about life? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Theme… <ul><li>Is the “larger vision of life that the story seems designed to convey” </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, it’s the message about life that the writer wants to share </li></ul><ul><li>All bits and pieces of the story should be based off of the theme </li></ul>
  6. 7. Why do Writers Write? <ul><li>To entertain </li></ul><ul><li>To inspire questioning and thinking </li></ul><ul><li>To take a position or share an opinion </li></ul><ul><li>To push a reader to feel </li></ul>
  7. 8. Write for Me… <ul><li>Your name </li></ul><ul><li>Your thoughts on reading and writing… </li></ul>