English Literature

Writing Short Stories

 

Week Three

 

To prepare for class on this day…Read these pages and/or answer these questions

 

MONDAY, MAY 5 – Pages 54-58 (end at “…toward the main character.”)

TUESDAY, MAY 6 – Pages 58 (starting with “Having considered…”) to 63 (end at “Building suspense”);

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 – Answer Questions 1-3 (p. 65) (I will collect); Read Pages 63-65

THURSDAY, MAY 8 – Answer Questions 4-5 (I will collect)

FRIDAY, MAY 9 – Quiz, then wrap-up of loose ends from the week’s discussions

 

** Short answer quiz:

 

  1. What distinguishes a planned from a plotted short story?
  2. Discuss the story of misunderstanding, discovery, and reversal of a plan of action.
  3. Discuss the story of misunderstanding, discovery, and reversal of a plan of action as well as a belief.
  4. What are the three ways in which a story can build emotion toward Actor A?
  5. How should a writer build suspense in a short story?

 

Week Four

 

MONDAY, May 12 – Pages 66-73

TUESDAY, May 13 – Questions 1-2 (I will collect)

WEDNESDAY, May 14 – Questions 3-5 (I will collect)

THURSDAY, May 15 – Question 6 (I will collect)

FRIDAY, May 16 – Quiz, then wrap-up of loose ends from the week’s discussions

 

** Short answer quiz:

 

  1. How does a story build toward a surprise ending?
  2. In which ways can authors create a story illustrating a common foible, a psychological trait, or an unusual belief (or standard of belief)? Refer to the three examples given in the reading.
  3. Discuss the theme-driven short story.
  4. Discuss the short story presenting an ironic situation.

 

After that…

 

MONDAY, May 19 – student teaching research day

TUESDAY, May 20 - student teaching research day

WEDNESDAY, May 21 – student teaching begins