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Short Story Questions
(W) Free Write "The Indian Giver"
# 5. (W) Compare and contrast the story with another story you have read. "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" vs. "The Tortoise and the Hare"
# 8. (W) Write a letter to one of the characters or people in the story. "Priscilla and the Wimps"
# 2. (W) Discuss the significance of the title "Midnight Snack"
#26. (W) Write an editorial on some controversial issue raised in the story. "Nothing Puzzles God"
#29. (W) Trading Places. Write a one page paper explaining why you would or would not like to change places with one of the characters in the story. "The Cask of Amontillado"
#32. The Edible Review. "A Midnight Snack" (Carrot cake representing the carrots that were fed to the unicorns in the story)
#35. Use the Learning Commons tools 2.0. to create a Prezzi.
Boom Town Response to Questions:
Q: What is so important about Cammera? (
A: Cammera is important to the conflict because she has important information regarding the bank robery that occurs during the episode. Not only does she have information on the robbery, she also knows about the shooting involving a police officer. Because a police officer was killed, this case is particularly important to solve. Meanwhile, a man named Kevin is speding time in prison for a crime he did not commit. Cammera is important because with her confession, Kevin (innocent) can be released.
Q: Why did Kevin allow himself to take the blame?
A: I think Kevin allowed himself to take the blame because of his crush on Cammera. She was able to manipulate him. Her manipulative ways lead to Kevin being accused and ultimatly made him appear responsible for the robbery and the shooting. Kevin was never even at the scene of the crime. The only thing connecting him to the crime was when he let Cammera barrow his car. Kevin was an innocent man the whole time and even though he spent time in jail for a crime he did not commit, all of the edvidance contradicted his conviction.
First Quarter Project
#2 (W) Discuss the significance of the title .docx
#3 (W) Letter to Author.docx
The Indian Giver.docx
#5 (W) Compare and Contrast the story with another story you have read..docx
#26 (W) Write an editorial on some controversial issue raised in the story..docx
#29(W) Trading places.docx
What is a short story?
A piece of prosefiction, usually less that 10,000 words. (source:
A short story is, in some ways, like a photograph- a captured moment of time that is crystalline, though sometimes mysterious, arresting, though perhaps delicate. But while a photo may or may not suggest consequences, a short story always does. In the story's moment of time something important, something irrevocable has occurred. The change may be subtle or obvious, but it is definite and definitive.
In addition, while it is the audience that supplies the back story for a photo, it is the writer who must give the audience a beginning, middle, and end of a short story. Without that structure, the piece is not a short story at all but a scene, a vignette, a fragment-evocative, yes, but not emotionally or psychologically satisfying. (source:
5 Important Elements of a Short Story
A short story is a short work of fiction. Fiction, as you know, is prose writing about imagined events and characters. Prose writing differs from poetry in that it does not depend on verses, meters or rhymes for its organization and presentation.
Novels are another example of fictional prose and are much longer than short stories. Some short stories, however, can be quite long. If a a short story is a long one, say fifty to one hundred pages, we call it a novella.
American literature contains some of the world's best examples of the short story. Readers around the world enjoy the finely crafted stories of American writers such as O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe.
What makes these authors such remarkable short story writers? They are true masters at combining the five key elements that go into every great short story:
character, setting, conflict, plot
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