Original Short Story:
Compose an orignal short story incorporating some of the techniques and device we have discussed over the course of this year.
Your story must demonstrate your skillful use of plot development, narrative structure, conflict, setting, imagery, point of view, and character development (show, don't tell).
The final draft of your story must be typed (font size 11-12), double spaced and free of obvious spelling and grammar mistakes.
Your story should be no less than three, no more than five pages long.
The story must include at least 2 of the following devices:
- stream of consciousness
- deus ex machina
- extended metaphor
- vivid imagery
- tragic flaw
The story must use some form of figurative language, have a clear and consistent narrative voice, and a discernible theme.
1. Download and read the short story by Frank R. Stockton
2. Please review this background information on Kafka and "The Metamorphosis":
If you are unable to access the source through the link above, review this embedded slideshow and document:
Wednesday, 3/19/2014: Read "A Good Man is Hard to Find" p. 195 (Q4R 1-6). Write down your thoughts, comments, observations in a dialectical journal.
Thursday, 3/20/14: "Young Goodman Brown" p. 341- write down your thoughts, comments, observations (a dialectical journal). Q4R 1-4.
Read "The Yellow Wallpaper" p. 330
Dialectical journals, Q4R 1-4
Read "The Metamorphosis" p. 393. Familiarize yourself with the author and the background on the story-see the "Resources" section. Dialectical journal, Q4R 1-6.
Read "The Things They Carried" p. 607 (dialectical journal, Q4R 1-7)
Review "The Things They Carried" - be prepared to discuss. Review question 3 of "Metamorphosis"- be prepared to discuss.
Read "Girl" p. 569 (Q4R 1-4) and "I Stand Here Ironing" p. 433 (Q4R 1-6). Dialectical journal for each story.
Read "A & P" p. 27 (Q4R 1- 9) and "Eleven" p. 233 (Q4R 1-7). Dialectical Journals-be prepared to discuss.
Read "The Rocking-Horse Winner" p. 96. Dialectical journal, Q4R. Each student must compose/bring to class two thought provoking open-ended questions based on the story.