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  1. Short Stories Ms. Campbell English 8

  2. What is a Short Story? Short Stories illuminate life Short Stories are between 200 and 3000 words long

  3. Introduction The SETTING WHERE When MOOD POINT OF VIEW First Person Uses the word “I” Third Person Uses the word(s) “he/she” Third Person Omniscient Uses the word(s) “he/she”BUT the narrator knows everything Short Story Elements

  4. Narrator Person TELLING story Uses one of the Points of View PROTAGONIST The main character of a story Can be GOOD or EVIL Short Story Elements (Cont’d) • Antagonist • OPPOSES the main character

  5. Plot SERIES of events that lead to the CLIMAX RISING ACTION The main part of the story The PROTAGONIST battles to overcome obstacles that are in the way of the goal Short Story Elements (Cont’d)

  6. CONFLICT Struggle, FIGHT, or difference of opinion between CHARACTERS Character versus CHARACTER Character versus SELF Character versus ENVIRONMENT Climax TURNING POINT in the story The moment when the main conflict is about to be RESOLVED Short Story Elements (Cont’d) • CONCLUSION • The final outcome

  7. Foreshadowing HINTS at what is to come THEME Meaning or MAIN PURPOSE of the story Short Story Elements (Cont’d)

  8. Short Story Elements (Cont’d)

  9. Day of the Butterfly by Alice Munro Instructions • Listen to the story read aloud • Write a half page journal response • Consider: • What you liked • What you disliked • How the author used Short Story Elements • Point of View, Setting, Plot, Foreshadowing, Theme, etc.

  10. Day of the Butterfly Reading Guide • Work in pairs to answer the questions by re-reading Day of the Butterfly