Ms. E. Pumpelly
Short stories assignment
introduce students to American and English short story writers. To
increase student understanding of the elements of a short story
such as plot, theme, characters and setting.
short story assignment
1. What is a short story? How
does a short story differ from a novel?
A short story is a work of fiction that is shorter than a novel.
The action is compact and every single event is critical to the
development of the plot. The time span could vary from a day
short story elements
and use the student activity
to document your information.
2. How do I find a short story?
3. How do I
find five facts about my author?
Go to the
Library Homepage --->Articles and databases A-Z --> Select
Letter L --> open Literature Resource Center.
FIRST METHOD: BROWSE SHELVES:
The 1st way is to browse the call number sections of the
Cuyamaca collection. You may browse the call number sections
6120.2 – English Fiction (books can be either a novel or a
collection of short stories)
S5 – American Short Stories Collections
PZ 1 –
Collections of novels, short stories or other fiction
- Great American Short
Stories: The O. Henry Awards (PZ 1 +)
One of my favorite
short story writers is William S. Porter, who wrote under the pen name O. Henry, was
born in 1862. He started writing stories while in prison
for embezzlement. His writing career was short but he is
the most widely read American short story writer. His best known
story is "The Gift of the Magi" (1905) and the "Last Leaf". After
his death, DoubleDay publishers established the O. Henry Awards
in his honor. Try this