Journal Entry – Free Write 8/25 It is your first journal entry of the year (YAY!! I feel your excitement) and I am deciding to let you write on anything that you would like. It must be at least a half a page long and proper grammar to receive full credit. Short Stories: Plot and Setting Plot: What’s Happening? Plot: a series of events that are occurring in a story Occur in books, movies, TV shows, etc.4 Plot can be mapped in Freytag’s Pyramid Parts of Freytag’s Pyramid Exposition: part of the story in which the basic situation is outlined and the characters and main conflict are introduced; basically the introduction to the story. Rising Action: chain of events that takes place as the main character struggles to achieve his or her goal Climax: the point of highest emotional intensity; sometimes the point at which we learn the outcome of the conflict. Falling Action: series of events in which the conflict is starting to get solved Denouement/Resolution: events following the climax and falling action in which any remaining issues are resolved. Conflict Struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces or emotions 2 Basic Types of Conflict Internal: created when the main character undergoes an emotional struggle. It is within the character’s own mind and heart. Character vs. Self External: created when a person or outside force prevents the main character from achieving his or her goal. Character vs. Character (Ex: Harry Potter vs. Voldemort) Character vs. Nature (Ex: A mountain climber vs. a blizzard) Character vs. Society (Hunger Games Katniss vs. the Capitol) Flashback Sometimes a story’s action is interrupted in order to tell of events that took place in the past. Flashback: any scene that presents events that happen before the main time frame of a story. Use: story tellers provide us with background about the main events of a story or share a character’s past. Do you have an example? Setting & Mood The time period and place in which the action of a story takes place. Setting can also be determined by mood Mood is the atmosphere a writer creates that affects the way we feel as readers. Foreshadowing & Suspense Foreshadowing is the use of clue to predict on what is or may happen in a story Suspense is the feeling of uncertainty or anxiety about what is going to happen next Exit Journal 8/25 Tell me five things you learned about short stories today and how they affect/enhance a story. Foreshadowing 8/26 Give me three predictions of how the rest of “The Sniper” may go and explain why you think that may happen. What happens?! 8/26 If you can the end “The Sniper” after discovering he killed his brother, what would you write about? What would be your new ending? Write it in your journal, tell me your ending and why it would be better. Suspense and Prediction – 5 points 8/27 “The Most Dangerous Game” is a story with loads of suspense. In your journal, describe what this “game” is and why it is so dangerous. Vocab – “The Most Dangerous Game” Receding: moving into the distance Disarming: removing suspicion or fear Imprudent: unwise and foolish Surmounted: overcame Invariably: without exception Summarize – 5 points 8/27 Briefly summarize what we have read so far? Let’s see what you have comprehended!