LO: To analyse and evaluate how rising action and effective endings can be created in short stories. In pairs, discuss: 1. What contributes to create engaging rising action or tension in a story? Tension 2. What makes an effective ending in a short story? Time We are going to read the first section of ‘Anil’ (up to where it says, ‘A star shimmered above him in the dark sky’). Think about how rising conflict (or tension) is created in this opening section. Choose one of the following sections. As a group re-read your chosen section and discuss the following questions: 1. What is happening in your section? 2. How would you describe the mood? 3. What techniques are used to create rising action or tension? Section One Lines 45-52 Section Two Lines 53-61 Section Three Lines 62-73 Section Four Lines 74-84 Section Five Lines 85-95 There are various types of ending you can use as a denouement in your short story. Some of the most common include: Uplifting ending Depressing ending Suspense ending Plot-twist ending Epiphanic ending As we read the rest of ‘Anil’, see if you can spot what type of ending Noor uses and decide whether it is effective. ‘Anil’ actually ends with two final short paragraphs that we have not read yet. Write your own version of how you think ‘Anil’ might end. Use one of the following ending techniques: Uplifting ending Depressing ending Suspense ending Plot-twist ending Epiphanic ending As we read the last two paragraphs of ‘Anil’, decide whether you think it is a more or less effective ending than yours. Write a few sentences that explain whether yours or Noor’s ending is more effective.