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What is a Short Story? A Short story must be complete by itself It must be able to be read in one sitting. This definition comes from Edgar Allen Poes.

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1 What is a Short Story? A Short story must be complete by itself It must be able to be read in one sitting. This definition comes from Edgar Allen Poes essay The Philosophy of Composition.

2 What is a Short Story? Because short stories are …well…short, every word must be used carefully for effect. A short story has a good opening sentence that is developed throughout the work. It has no more characters than those necessary for the action.

3 What must a short story include? The dramatic structure or plot 1)Exposition 2)Rising Action 3)Climax 4)Falling Action 5)Resolution

4 What must a short story include? The point of view – perspective from which the story is being told Point of View 1)First person 2)Second person 2 )Third person (limited or omniscient)

5 What must a short story include? Writers intention or Theme An underdog story? Love conquers all? Tragic or hopeful? The characters – beginning with a strong protagonist The setting- described in vivid detail using sensory images

6 Why does a writer write a short story? To Entertain or share a message To get the reader to ask questions. To take a position on an issue by conveying an opinion, or persuade the reader

7 The writer wants you to feel… Emotions, such as happiness sadness anger sympathy


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