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1 Short Story Boot Camp 2014 Introduction to Analysis using Short Fiction

2 What are the various parts of a piece of fiction?  Brainstorm with a person sitting next to you.

3 Literary Terms review in one slide  A writer creates some people (characters)  puts them in a time and place (setting)  lets them talk (dialogue)  allows things to happen to and between them (plot)…  which results in a struggle (conflict)  has a voice (narrator)  to tell the story from a position (POV)  using language (diction, fig language, imagery, symbolism)  so that the reader makes meaning (THEME)

4 By the end of this unit:  Write a short story including these elements  Write an analytical essay based on a prose piece  Teach a lesson using these devices to a small group  Analyze stories for their content

5 What is analysis?  With a partner, create a 1-2 sentence definition.

6 Analysis:  Analysis is taking something apart to see what parts it is made of and how they work together to make the thing function.  Literary analysis is taking a work of literature apart to see how it makes meaning with the reader, which is the function of literature.

7 Three easy steps…  What is the story about?  The answer to this question is nt about what the story is!  Usually an abstract noun. This is the topic, not theme.

8 Step 2  What does the story say about the topic?  This is your personal answer about what it says to you as a person at this time.  Now this is theme!

9 Warning  Every piece of literature may have numerous themes, but each MUST be supported by evidence from text.

10 Step 3  How does the writer of the story tell me that?  You analyze to see how the writer has made the parts of fiction work together to give you the idea you received.  This is analysis.

11 What? Another warning?  Although we have mentioned what YOU think and how the writer communicates a meaning to a reader, we are NOT going to use these words in our analysis:  I  You  The Reader  One

12 A tastier way to think of it?  M – meaning, theme  &  M – method – how does the writer tell me the meaning of work as a whole? (MOWAW)

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