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Title: Short Story Unit

Short Story Unit
  • Ms. Corsello
  • MP1 - Starting September 16, 2010

Agenda Sept. 17/20
  • Distribute DCAS materials discuss
  • Distribute PSAT materials discuss
  • (9/20 Quiz on Rdg Strategies terms andvocab
    from stories journal entry)
  • HW Complete PSAT Section 1 for next class

Journal Entry 9/20 21
  • Write about some of your most memorable
    experiences in reading (positive or negative.
    Can you think of any favorite childrens book you
    were read? What is your favorite type of book to
    read? (5 to 7 sentences)

Agenda Sept. 21/22
  • Anticipation guide
  • Lesson Essential Questions What are the
    elements of a short story?What is plot? How does
    plot progress in a story?
  • Vocab for lesson (next slides)
  • Mad Exciting song http//
  • Model diagram with childrens story
  • Work w/ teacher to create diagram for
  • Work in pairs to create diagram for Baddest Dog

Vocabulary for Short Story (cont.)
  • Plot The sequence of actions in a literary
    work. Generally, plots are built around a
    conflict. Plot usually progresses through
    states exposition, rising action,
    climax, falling action, and resolution.
  • Setting refers to the time and place where
    action occurs. It can be an imaginary or real
    place. Time can be past, present or future.

Vocabulary for Elements of Plot
  • Exposition introduces the storys characters,
  • setting, and conflict
  • Rising action develops the conflict with
    complications and twists
  • Climax the emotional high point of the story
  • Falling Action shows what happens to the
    characters after the climax
  • Resolution shows how the conflict is
    resolved or how the problem is solved or
    how the story ends.

Vocabulary for Short Story
  • Conflict The struggle between opposing
    forces (internal or external).
  • Theme the essential message from a work of
    literature that readers can apply to life.
    Some are stated. Some are implied.
  • Characters are the individuals that
    participate in a literary work. (main,

Plot Diagram Activities
  • Complete sample plot diagram.
  • Plot diagram for The Interlopers.
  • HW Plot plan for a favorite movie (Options
    Avatar, Wall-E, Peter Pan, Hook, Wizard of Oz,
    ET, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Mrs. Doubtfire,
    Beauty the Beast, Shawshank Redemption, Men in
    Black, Shrek, Toy Story (I) )

Essential Question(s)
  • What are the elements of a short story?
  • What is plot?
  • How does plot progress in a story?

Agenda Sept. 24/25
  • Go over HW of plot diagram
  • Revisit elements of plot from song lyrics
  • Journal entry
  • Vocabulary from story
  • Read story The Fan Club (after you do work
    noted on next two slides) http//www.ronamaynard.

Journal for The Fan Club
  • Describe a time when you knew of someone who was
    the victim of a bully (you should probably change
    names). How was that person bullied? (Physically?
    Mentally? Via internet? Text messages? For
    money?) How was the situation resolved? Answer
    in 5 to 10 sentencesNote If you dont know of a
    situation from your life, you can discuss that of
    a close friend or (if necessary) from film, a TV
    show, or news.

Vocabulary for Fan Club
  • Thronged - a large group of people close
  • Submerged - to place under water
  • Sub- - below, under, beneath
  • Jostling - to come into rough contact while
    moving, push or shove
  • Gesturing - motion of the limbs or body to
    express thought
  • Cynical - distrustful of motives or actions of
  • Irrational - affected by loss of normal mental
  • Malicious (malbad) having the nature and
    desire to cause harm or suffering to others

After reading The Fan Club
  • Write a summary (8 sentence minimum) of The Fan
    Club by Rona Maynard. The summary must include
    plot details, including the ending.
  • After summary, write a two plus sentence
    statement about what you think is the THEME of
    this story?

Honors Homework
  • Mood the feeling or atmosphere that a writer
    creates for a reader. Its created using diction
    (choice of words), figurative language,
    connotation, setting, etc.
  • What was the countrys mood after 9/11?
  • At President Obamas inauguration?
  • Write out the list of settings from The Hunger
    Games and suggest the mood for at least 6 Seam,
    Woods, Train, Capital, Training Center, Arena,

Honors Hunger Games
  • EQ How does setting create mood?
  • With a partner, choose three of the six settings
    from the novel, label them 1,2,3. Support each of
    the settings with at least two different places
    (a b) in the text where it describes the
  • Use exact quotes from the text and give pg .
    (Each student needs his/her own ppr.) Write at
    least one sentence that explains how that part of
    the text creates the mood youve identified.

Video Interviews

The Sound of Thunder
  • Short story by Ray Bradbury
  • Journal response If you could travel through
    time, what era would you most like to visit? Back
    to the past? Ahead to the future? A few years?
    Hundreds or thousands of years? Why do you want
    to go and what would you do? (Min. 5 sentences)
  • See vocab next screens

Vocab from Sound
  • Annihilate to destroy completely, to wipe
  • Infinitesimally in steps so small as to be
    immeasurable or incalculable
  • Primeval belonging to the earliest time
  • or ages
  • Resilient capable of bouncing or springing
    back to an original shape after being
    stretched, bent, or compressed

Sound Vocab cont.
  • Revoke cancel or withdraw
  • Subliminal below the threshold of
    conscious perception, subconscious
  • Taint a trace of something that harms,
    spoils, or corrupts

CP English Classes Red/Blue
  • Choose two of the vocabulary words from Sound of
    Thunder and use in a Frayer diagram (as shown on
    the board).
  • Include the word in center, definition upper
    left, illustration upper right, examples lower
    left, non-examples lower right
  • Block 24Blue due 9/30Blocks 12Red due 10/4

Honors HW for 9/30
  • Bring settings from Hunger Games
  • Do Frayer with two of the vocab words from Sound
    of Thunder on Frayer, include word in center,
    definition upper left, illustration upper right,
    examples lower left, non-examples lower right
  • Study vocabulary from start of unit to prepare
    for test

Agenda Oct. 4/5
  • Collect HW (Frayer with two vocab words)
  • Essential Questions What is foreshadowing?How
    can taking notes while reading help me identify
    foreshadowing?What is theme and how can I
    identify it?
  • Add to literary terms definitions Foreshadowing
    (pg 1131 in blue text book)
  • Create chart with three sections Text Clues,
    Predictions, What Happened. Label paper Sound
    of Thunder pg. 71

Agenda Oct. 6/7
  • Essential Questions What is foreshadowing?How
    can taking notes while reading help me identify
    foreshadowing?What is theme and how can I
    identify it?
  • Finish Text Clues/Predictions/What Happened chart
    for Sound of Thunder pg71
  • Write 8 sentence (min.) summary plus two
    sentences about the theme.
  • Answer essential questions.
  • Grade and submit work. HW Study for test!

  • Is a writers use of hints or clues to indicate
    events that will occur later in a narrative. This
    technique often creates suspense and prepares the
    reader for what is to come. (McDougall Littell
    text pg 1131)

Link for Sound of Thunder
  • Below is a link to the full text version of story
    in case you want to reread the story before the
  • http//

HW Honors Oct. 6
  • Revise setting/mood assignment to improve it.
    Make sure you have two quotes that discuss the
    physical setting.
  • REMEMBER Mmmmooood is mmmeee o)

Mood - Definition
  • Mood is the feeling or atmosphere that a writer
    creates for the reader. The writers use of
    connotation, imagery or figurative language as
    well as sound and rhythm can all help to develop
  • REMEMBER ALSO Denotation (dictionary definition
    of word) and connotation (the emotional response
    evoked by a word)

Testing Week of Oct. 11
  • 10/11 Red Block 1 DCAS down given vocab to
    study (lit nonlit) conflict notes
  • 10/11 Red Blocks 2 4 DCAS Day 1
  • 10/12 Blue Blocks 1, 2 4 DCAS Day 1
  • 10/13 PSAT Testing in alpha classrooms
  • 10/14 Red Block 1 DCAS Day 1
  • 10/14 Red Blocks 2 4 DCAS Day 2
  • 10/14 Blue Blocks 1, 2 4 DCAS Day 2

Agenda Oct. 18/19
  • Review of students DCAS scores state cut scores
    for DCAS levels
  • Finish rdg organizer for The Streak turn it
  • HONORS Take notes on point-of-viewHonors HW
    Study for vocab quiz finda passage for 4 types
    of point-of-view (w/ author title)

Honors The Pedestrian
  • Sensory - refs. to sight, smell, hearing,
    details taste, and touch. In appealing
    to the five senses, readers more fully
    experience what happens.
  • Intermittent - appearing from time to time
  • Infrequently - happening, but not often
  • Antiseptic - a substance used to kill germs
  • Illumination - the amount of light in an area
  • Regressive - habit of acting in ways belonging
    tendencies to a more primitive stage of

Agenda Oct. 20/21
  • EQ How does an author use conflict in a literary
  • Take notes and discuss the types of conflict
    defined by categories of who is involved
  • Complete worksheets that require students
    identify the types of conflict in a passage
    (generally more than one type)
  • NOTE B1R finished DCAS Day 2

Agenda Oct. 22/23/25
  • Review short story unit content and vocab
  • Finish Point-of-View and/or Conflict worksheets
  • Create review booklet (ran out of time for Red
    blocks 1 or 2)
  • HONORS Took and self-graded vocabulary quiz on
    non-lit vocabulary

Agenda Oct. 26/27
  • Review for Unit test
  • Review sheet with reading passages
  • Short story exercise
  • For CP Vocabulary quiz is optional and possible
    10 bonus points (if they earn at least 20/28 on

  • Booklet contents
  • No page here
  • Cover starts ?gtgt
  • (Front Cover)
  • Short Story Unit
  • Review
  • (Add Drawing-optional)
  • Name
  • Date
  • Block

  • Short StoryDEF Short work of fiction in prose
    (not poetry also see Plot, pg 5)
  • The Interlopers
  • The Baddest Dog
  • Sound of Thunder
  • Fan Club
  • The Streak
  • Honors Add
  • The Pedestrian
  • Gift of the Magi
  • ThemeDEF Essential/ central message of story,
    poem, novel or other work
  • Silly to waste your life holding a grudge.
  • Sometimes its hard to stand up for what you
    believe. (Fan Club)
  • A small mistake can have major unexpected
    consequences. (Sound)

  • Setting
  • DEF Time and place in which the events of a
    story happen
  • Sound an office and primeval forest 2055 and
    primeval times
  • The Streak H.S. and Jamies house, 1990s
  • Plot
  • DEF Sequence of events in a narrative
  • Exposition
  • Rising Action (Conflicts)
  • Climax
  • Falling Action
  • Resolution (ending)

  • Conflict
  • DEFTwo or more opposing forces
  • Man vs. man Inter
  • Man vs. Society Fan
  • Man vs. Nature Inter
  • Man vs. Tech.Sound
  • Man vs. SupernaturalTwilight
  • Man vs. Self Streak
  • Foreshadowing
  • DEF Hints and clues that the author uses to
    prepare a reader for events to come
  • Sound Stay on the path
  • Streak start of story with basketball, so we
    predict there will be something significant with

  • Point of View
  • DEF the narrators position in a work of fiction
  • 1st Person (I, me, we) Streak
  • 2nd Person (you, yours)-
  • directions
  • 3rd Person (he, she, they)
  • 3rd Person
  • Omniscient all knowing point of
    viewInterlopers Sound
  • Limited narrator talks only about thoughts and
    feelings of one character Fan Club
  • Objective FACTS, news stories, summaries

End of Unit Test
  • End of unit test includes new readings where
    students are asked to identify or determine (and
    support with info from text)theme, setting,
    point of view, conflict, exposition, resolution,
    and mood.
  • Students are asked to identify possible examples
    of foreshadowing and make a prediction based on
    that information.
  • Students are asked to create a plot diagram from
    story that is new to them.