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The School Play Short Story by Gary Soto Introducing the Short Story with Literary Analysis: Plot Elements Reading Strategy: Monitor Vocabulary in Context.

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2 The School Play Short Story by Gary Soto Introducing the Short Story with Literary Analysis: Plot Elements Reading Strategy: Monitor Vocabulary in Context VIDEO TRAILER

3 The School Play Or maybe you have waited a long time to ride a roller coaster only to change your mind when it was your turn? INTRODUCING THE SHORT STORY What do you FEAR most? Have you ever jumped at the sight of a harmless bug? Things that frighten people range from big to small, from living to nonliving, from the seen to the unseen.

4 The School Play Rank the fears from one to ten, with one being the thing you are most afraid of. What are you most afraid of? Some of the most common fears are listed in this survey. In “The School Play,” a student struggles to overcome a fear many people face. What do you FEAR most? INTRODUCING THE SHORT STORY SURVEY Then survey the class to find out what is the most common fear in your classroom. __ Heights __ Spiders and Insects __ Being in the Dark __ Dentists __ Thunder and Lightning __ Failing a Test __ Being Bullied __ Airplane Rides __ Public Speaking __ Being in a Crowd Face Your Fears!

5 The School Play Click on the title to play the trailer. The School Play

6 Plot Elements Everything in a story happens for a reason. The series of events is the story’s plot. Exposition introduces the characters and setting. It may also hint at what the conflict, or problem, will be. The alarm didn’t go off on the morning of Nora’s report. Rising action shows how the conflict develops. Even though she sprinted, she missed the bus.

7 The School Play The most exciting part is the climax, a turning point in which you discover how the conflict is settled. Plot Elements Tension eases during the falling action, and events unfold as a result of the climax. When she made it to school, she explained to her principal that her alarm clock didn’t go off. Nora panicked. But eventually, Grandma was able to come by and pick her up.

8 The School Play Nora finally arrived in class, just in time to give her report. Plot Elements The resolution, or denouement, is the final part of the plot, in which the reader learns how the problem is solved. As you read “The School Play,” notice the events that occur in each stage of the story’s plot. exposition rising action climax falling action resolution

9 The School Play Monitor One way to monitor is to ask yourself questions about what you are reading. Have you ever forgotten what you just read? Sometimes you’ll need to reread to find the answer. Other times, you’ll find the answer later in the story. To avoid this problem, monitor your reading by pausing occasionally to check your understanding.

10 The School Play As you read “The School Play,” record questions about what is happening in a chart like the one shown. Monitor My QuestionsAnswers What is inside the cardboard box?

11 The School Play 1. Robert’s friend delivers the narrative about the background of the play. Soto uses the vocabulary words in the box on the right to help relate a student’s experience in a school play. To see which words you know, replace each green vocabulary word in the sentences below with a different word or phrase. Sample answers appear in brackets. 2. The audience’s relentless talking distracts the actors. narrative prop relentless smirk [story] [refusing to stop or give up] 3. The main prop in the play is a map of the West. [an object that an actor uses in a play] [to smile in an insulting way] 4. Belinda wanted to smirk when the actor forgot his lines.

12 The School Play prop n. an object an actor uses in a play smirk v. to smile in an insulting way relentless adj. refusing to stop or give up narrative n. a story


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