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1 The Most Dangerous Game
On Your Desk: Notebook/Binder for English 9 Writing utensil Open your notes and label the top: Short Story Unit Below, label DSW, read the directions below and begin working Daily Spark Work: Pull out your binder or notebook and begin writing. (5pts) You should have ½ - 1 full page of creative writing. Create the foundation and directions for a game. The name of your game is “The Most Dangerous Game.” Think about the following – How do you play? What are the rules? What materials do you need to play? Your task is to create a game that would have the title – “The Most Dangerous Game” You may begin.


3 Short Story Unit “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
The oldest of all our stories are about conflicts between people and the monsters– real and imaginary– that threaten them… Floods, bullies at the corner, clashes with friends, viruses…anger, prejudice, selfishness, fear. Why is it that so many of our stories deal with conflict?

4 “The Most Dangerous Game”
In your notes, brainstorm a list of all of the conflicts you face in your life. List the big and the small– from the paper cuts to the broken bones. Write freely. You are creating a list of struggles, conflicts, and monsters that you face. We will be returning to this list later on

5 Elements of Fiction Characterization Characters Suspense
Life-or-Death Conflict Irony

6 Glossary of Literary Terms
Highlight or underline the following terms Characterization Figurative Language – Simile and Metaphor Foreshadowing Imagery Irony Point of View Short Story Conflict Antagonist Protagonist ----- Meeting Notes (8/21/14 10:30) ----- ADD SUSPENSE!!!!!!

7 Double Entry Journal As we read the short story aloud, create a double entry journal in your notes Be sure to label this section clearly: Double Entry Journal Column 1 (pg. #) Column 2: Quotes from the Story Questions? An element of fiction or literary Elaborate or express your opinion Device working in the story Connection to the Text Vocabulary Word Define

8 Example “The Most Dangerous Game” pg. 13
The title of this story creates an element of suspense for me. What type of “game” is this going to be? ----- Meeting Notes (8/21/14 10:30) ----- Pg. 13

9 Daily Spark - 4 In your notes, label Daily Spark Work After reading the first few paragraphs of “The Most Dangerous Game,” draw a picture to depict what you know about the story or how you feel. It may be a literal drawing of the scene you have read or an abstract piece dealing with evil, instinct, hunting, or characters such as Whitney or Rainsford.


11 Pop Quiz Pull out a piece of loose leaf paper
“I don’t have any…” Borrow from a friend First and Last Name Period _____ . _____

12 Define characterization
Simile comparison of two things using words “like” or “as” Comparison of two things essentially different but with some commonalities; does not use “Like” or “as” 3. __________________________: Important hints that an author drops to prepare the reader for what is to come, and help the reader anticipate the outcome.

13 4. __________________ always involves a contrast or discrepancy between one thing and another.
(There are three kinds: Verbal, Situational, and Dramatic) 5. Define Theme: 6. Tone Central idea A person, object, image, word that evokes a range of additional meanings Author’s implicit attitude toward the reader, subject, people in a work (May be sad or happy, serious or ironic…)

14 7. Another name for the main character in a story – often good or heroic type: ______________________ 8. The person or force working against the hero: ____________________________ (The Bad Guy) 9. Shorter than a novel, read in one sitting, few characters, and focuses on one conflict. Which literary form is being described: a. Comedy b. Disney c. Short Story d. Full-Length novel

15 Question 10 “Sometimes I think evil is a tangible thing– with wavelengths, just as sound and light have. An evil place can, so to speak, broadcast vibrations of evil…” Whitney Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why or why not? ( 1-2 sentences)

16 Tuesday, August 26 On Your Desk:
Notebooks open, label DSW “Check Yourself” Writing Utensil Big Blue Book below your desk

17 Cast “The Most Dangerous Game”
If you could cast the characters in the story, who would you cast in today’s society? Why? Respond to the questions in your NOTES. Provide reasoning for your responses. Whitney Sanger Rainsford General Zaroff Ivan Now, choose ONE song to serve as the movie’s theme song. Why? How does that song connect to the major theme of the story?

18 Discussion Questions “Who cares how a jaguar feels?” “perhaps the jaguar does…” “They’ve no understanding.” Even so, I rather think they understand one thing – fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death.” Do you agree or disagree with Whitney? Why or why not? Irony

19 Rainsford’s first impression was that the man was singularly handsome; his second was that there was an original, almost bizarre quality about the general’s face. He was a tall man past middle age, for his hair was a vivid white; but his thick eyebrows and pointed military moustache were as black as the night from which Rainsford had come. His eyes, too, were black and very bright. He had high cheekbones, a sharp cut nose, a spare, dark face, the face of a man used to giving orders, the face of an aristocrat… How did the author characterize General Zaroff? How would you characterize him? What do you think about his ability to hide his true colors? Characterization, Irony

20 Define the term Civilized
Is General Zaroff civilized? Can individuals become uncivilized?

21 Use specific references from the text to support your claim.
Throughout the story, what did Rainsford and General Zaroff rely on more –instinct or ability to reason? Use specific references from the text to support your claim. Instinct versus Reason Theme

22 The Ending WHAT HAPPENED?!

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