We wrote the SHORT STORIES TEST today.
Next class, we will be starting the writing of the ORIGINAL SHORT STORY.
We read and discussed the satire “Harrison Bergeron” (175) to wrap up our short stories unit, and transition to our next unit on Animal Farm.
Your SHORT STORIES TEST is next class (50 marks).
On Wednesday and Friday of next week, you will be writing your ORIGINAL SHORT STORY in the computer lab (80 marks).
We looked at intriguing OPENING LINES today, and we wrote our own. We also went over what I’m looking for in your ORIGINAL SHORT STORY, so please start planning. We will be writing in the lab on Feb. 1st, and 3rd.
We read and discussed “The Lady or the Tiger” and went over RESOLUTIONS, including the INDETERMINATE ENDING of this story.
The Short Stories Test will happen on Jan. 30th.
We read and discussed “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” today. We will have a test on short stories on Monday, Jan. 30th, followed by two classes in the computer lab to write your original short stories.
We wrote a quiz on “I Am… Am I” and discussed the story afterwards.
If you were absent, you need to make up this quiz a.s.a.p..
We had our debate on technology today, followed by a discussion on how stories deal with real world issues and life questions.
Please read “I am…am I” BEFORE next class. If you were absent, please come by to pick up a copy. This story is NOT in the text. You will be answering questions on this story next class that requires that you read it ahead of time.
We discussed “All the Troubles of the World” (223), focusing on SCIENCE FICTION and how it makes SOCIAL COMMENTARY.
Continue preparing for the DEBATE next class on:
We have approximately three more stories in this unit before attempting to write our OWN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY showing off everything we have learned about short stories.
We pooled our ideas and created the story of “Jericho Flake”. We then brainstormed a list of GENRES. Each of you picked a GENRE, and wrote the story ( you will all have the same plot) in the style of the genre you chose.
Then, we read “All the Troubles of the World” (223). Be prepared to discuss this story next class.
We read “The Possibility of Evil” (211) and discussed the perspective of Miss Strangeworth, characterization, setting, significance of the title, symbols, irony, conflict,imagery, and point of view.
We then went over the JOHARI WINDOW and applied it to Miss Strangeworth AND the character you have created. We will be using this information in class on Tuesday, so make sure you are finished brainstorming.
We reviewed what we have accomplished so far in the SHORT STORY UNIT, namely created a character, and come up with various settings (inspired by music). We discussed atmosphere and imagery and the key ideas in “The Portable Phonograph” (126). This included STATIC CHARACTERS.
We then listened to Christopher Lee read “The Tell-Tale Heart” (56), and discussed the appropriateness of the FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW. Details on POINT OF VIEW can be found in the glossary (323).
We ended the class by practicing point of view by writing the climax of either “Goldilocks,” “Littler Red Ridinghood,” or “Hansel and Gretel” from the weirdest, most unexpected point of view. This was handed in at the end of class.