is it about a story that makes you say, "this was really good!"
Chances are that the action in the story had something to do with your
response. Click on the activities below to explore elements of plot
Activity 1: Click on The
Elements of Plot. Read the information and then click on
"What Goes into Plot" at the bottom of the page. When you have
finished, click the back button
the browser to return to this page. To learn a few more important
terms related to plot, click on Terms.
Activity 2: Click on Plotting
a Fairy Tale and put the elements of plot in the correct order.
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What Does It All Mean?
message are we supposed to get from a short story? And how are we supposed
to get the message? Theme brings all of the elements of the short story
Click on Literary
Analysis Terms and read about theme.
Activity 2: Read The
Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov. When you have finished, write a
paragraph explaining the theme of the story. As you are forming your
opinion, keep in mind the impact setting, plot, characters, and point of
view have in presenting the "whole picture."
defined by what
we look like, or how we
Does anyone bother
to look inside of
us to see why we
behave the way
we do? Explore the nature of character through the following activities.
|Activity 1: Click
Character. Read the information and then click on Learning
About Character. When you have finished, click the back button
on your browser to return to this page. To learn a few more terms
about character, click here.
Click on the picture
of the man above to create a character profile.
The Eye of the
Point of View
"Truth is a hard deer
to hunt," states John, the son of a priest, in By the
Waters of Babylon. What is true for one man, may not be true
for another. Our perspective on life is influenced by many factors
such as age, experience, culture, and time. What is true for you
today, may not be so tomorrow. To examine how point of view
affects the development of the short story, click on the following
Activity 1: Click on Point of View to
review the different types of point of view. When you are sure you
understand the differences among the three, click the back button on the
browser to return to this page. Next click on activity 2 to practice what
you just read.
Activity 2: In this activity, you will take a given scenario and
rewrite it showing different points of view.