Monthly Archives: September 2013

Writer’s Notebook Entry

This week we’ve been discussing point of view and narrators. To that end, develop an entry in your writer’s notebook that is a portion of a story written from the first person point of view of a fictional character who we might see later in one of your own short stories.  It may be the exposition where we meet your character for the first time, a difficult conflict in which your character finds herself, or even your character grappling with a difficult inner thought discussion.  

Nice work this week!  You are really picking up on some of the subtler point of our story!

“The Tell-Tale Heart”

Complete reading the story and completing the margins.  Also, please complete page 65 of the packet. 

Writer’s Notebook

Tonight’s entry should be based on the following question:

What scares you?

Remember that you may write from your own perspective or from the perspective of a fictional character.  This may be a physical fear or a more emotional one.  Consider developing a scene that involves building up suspense to an important event in a story or describing how a character is feeling, or develop some strong imagery describing a scary setting.

Writer’s Notebook

Great close reading work today!  

Considering the theme of the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost that we discussed in class today, write an entry in your writer’s notebook.  This may be a character who feels or thinks the same way as the speaker of the poem.  Or it may be a setting that is inspired by the nature images found in the poem.  Remember that your entries may eventually make it into a story, so think of ways that you might incorporate this theme of inevitable change into your own writing.

Short Story Map for “Orpheus”

Now that you have read “Orpheus Goes to the Underworld” (starting on pg. 40 of your packet), and we have taken notes on the elements of the short story structure, you should be able to map the story.  Complete the short story map distributed in class today, including all of the critical information from the “Orpheus” text in the correct story element boxes.

“Orpheus and the Underworld”

Please complete the “Orpheus and the Underworld” packet for tomorrow.  This includes completing the reading of the myth, the margin activities, and the Reading Comprehension question on the back page.