Study Guide: Short Story

1. Helpful Information (4 points)
a. Synthesize author information to help understand aspects of the story.
b. Explain important allusions
c. Link to other resources/critics/comments

2. Unfamiliar Words (2 points)
a. Give references and contextual clues.
b. Link to online sources.

3. Plot Summary(2 points)
a. Review the main events
b. Mention important character names.

4. Thesis (6 points)
a. Write one thesis statement, then explain your reasons for arriving at this statement. Offer quotes from the story that support the statement.
b. Offer sub-topics and discuss author’s overall purpose, providing quotes from the story in support.

5. Main Fiction Elements (6 points)
a. Identify fiction elements (from glossary): conflict, character, irony, setting symbolism, imagery, point of view, etc.
b. Explain the main fiction element in the story and defend your choice.
c. Offer two or three other important fiction elements and give examples.

6. Personal Evaluation (6 points)
a. Offer a focused personal response to the story.
b. Mention merits and weaknesses.
c. Consider whether the story fulfilled its purpose as well as your own criteria for good stories.
d. Compare/contrast this story with other stories or other media with similar themes.

7. Answer Critical Questions (4 points)
a. Identify and answer critical questions raised by yourself, teacher, text, class.

8. “Quotable Quotes” (4 points)
a. Provide a list of key quotations.

9. Publish Study Guide (6 points)
a. Attend to details that enhance the document.
b. Master key functions of productivity software.

10. Attachments (Extra Credit)
a. Creative Response. Include a creative response (RAFTS, sequel, dramatization, interview, scene, sketch, etc.).
b. Any handouts, quizzes, media, electronic material, etc.

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