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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
'The Cask of Amontillado' is a short story that was first published in 1846 by the American Gothic writer, Edgar Allan Poe. Explore the plot, themes, and Dark Romantic elements of 'The Cask of Amontillado.'
3. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes
Richard Connell was an American journalist who also gained a reputation as one of the best short story writers in the United States. Review the summary and themes of Connell's ''The Most Dangerous Game.'' Explore the hunt, three days in the jungle, and other major themes to understand Connell's perspectives on wrong vs. right, whether dealing with humans or animals.
4. The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes
James Hurst's 'The Scarlet Ibis' is a short story published in 1960 that has become a staple of high school classrooms. Review a detailed summary of the story and dive into the symbolism, themes, and settings.
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Other chapters within the 9th Grade English: High School course
- 9th Grade English: Speaking & Listening Skills
- 9th Grade English: Reading Skills Review
- 9th Grade English: Reading Skills
- 9th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis Review
- 9th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices Review
- 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
- 9th Grade English: Media & Art Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone
- 9th Grade English: Writing Skills Review
- 9th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 9th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 9th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 9th Grade English: Research Skills