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Short Story Elements & Exemplars - Chapter Summary
Students may be accustomed to analyzing longer works of literature, but they may not know how to analyze short stories. These lessons provide guidance about short story elements, which shows students what to look for in short stories and how to discuss these elements. Many of the lessons available in this and other chapters use videos. These video lessons create a visual and audio display, helping students to see and hear the important information through an engaging format. Teachers can assign video lessons to individual students, or show video lessons in class to encourage discussions on a particular topic. After students have completed the information in this chapter, they should be knowledgeable enough to do the following:
- Explain the elements within a short story
- Review and analyze Poe's The Cask of Amontillado
- Show key themes within The Most Dangerous Game
- Determine the importance of setting within The Scarlet Ibis
1. Elements of a Short Story
When you read a short story, have you ever stopped to think about its main elements? This lesson discusses the five main elements of a short story, including characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.
2. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis
This video explores Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' a Dark Romantic short story that illustrates the horrors of evil. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect.'
3. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes
Adventure stories hook the reader with fast-paced tales of danger. In this lesson, you'll learn more about a classic adventure story involving a ruthless hunter and the deadly island where he lives.
4. The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes
This story is a dark and beautiful tale of brotherly love. In this lesson you'll learn the major events and ideas in the story and how the setting makes it both sad and lovely.
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- 9th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices
- Epic & Myth: The Odyssey & Perseus and Medusa
- Novel Exemplars: Night & Animal Farm
- Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird & Romeo and Juliet
- Poetry: Hope is the Thing with Feathers, The Raven & In Just
- Nonfiction Texts: Gettysburg Address & Washington's Farewell
- High School English: Media & Art Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone
- 9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 9th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 9th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 9th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 9th Grade English: Research Skills
- 9th Grade English: Speaking & Listening Skills