How to read and to apply literary vocabulary, an introduction

Beskriving: 

How to start your year in ELK by reading Flash fiction and short stories and learning literary vocabulary. This is how we started our year in English literature and language this year. We worked with literary vocabulary and how to prove our points about literature by using literary vocabulary. 

 

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Literary devices and critical vocabulary  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Extras: Access tasks 1,2,3 page 19  

 What literary devices to you know? Make yourself a literary check list (vocabulary list). Some words can be:   

  

genre  

characters  

protagonist   

setting  

plot  

inferencing  

foreshadowing  

conflict  

narrative technique  

point of view  

omnisicient point of view  

first-person narrator  

diction  

Image  

tone  

mood  

style  

in medias res  

other 

  

Read  “Enjoying the Short Story” http://access-literature2015.cappelendamm.no/ento/tekst.html?tid=1762147&sek=1709383 .   

Or "Responding to Literature" page 14 –18   

  

  

  

Reading and background information:
"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin  

  

  

   

 



  

Building apt vocabulary:

 

Read "The Story of an Hour" online  and the analysis of "The Story of an Hour" on http://access-literature2015.cappelendamm.no/ento/tekst.html?tid=1735649&sek=1707326  

  

Read about Kate Chopin and note details from her life and the time in which the short story was written. Is there something about the time that can bring light to the action of the short story?    

  

  

Read the analysis above, work in pairs examining the story use words from tasks 2 and 3 page 19  

  

  

Find new words in the short story and find synonyms and antonyms   

Selection of short short stories 

 

 

 

 



Is biographical background relevant?

 

 

Building skills

 

 

Builiding vocabulary: 

 

  

How short is short? Reflection on who, what, where? 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative writing

 

 

  

Flash Fiction   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

  

  

 Longer short stories 

Reading at home and/or listen in school  

  

  

  

Work in group, present in class  

Week 37 - 38 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras   

 

 

 

 

 

 Read "The Story of an Hour" online  and the analysis of "The Story of an Hour" on http://access-literature2015.cappelendamm.no/ento/tekst.html?tid=1735649&sek=1707326   Read the analysis above, work in pairs examining the story use words from tasks 2 and 3 page 19 .


Read about Kate Chopin and note details from her life and the time in which the short story was written. Is there something about the time that can bring light to the action of the short story?  

What is a short story? Imagination and short story take notes 

 

Find new words in the short story and find synonyms and antonyms   

 

Hemingway once made a bet of ten dollars with some literary colleagues that he could write a short story in only six words. Once the money was on the table, he wrote the following on a napkin:   

  

 

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.  

 

 

  

 

 Try out for yourself. Maximum 10 words? 

 

 

  

Read the following short stories in the text book:  

"Appointment in Samarra", page 22 in class. Class discussion. 


 

Flash fiction clearly requires great economy of language. Read these examples:  

  

"Sleeping" by Katharine Weber, page 387  

"You Know How to Spell Elijah", by Dave Eggers, page 388  

"Witness", John Edgar Wideman, age 390  

  

 

 

Read and enjoy the stories, and follow up with the tasks. Make small summaries of each one and also some words about the author and the time the short story was published. 

 

 

 

"The Tell-Tell Heart", by Edgar Allan Poe, page 184 you can also listen to it at Access' website  

"Happy Endings", by Margaret Atwood

"The Moment before the Gun Went Off", by Nadime Gordimer

 

 

Students then work in groups of 3-4 on one of the short stories using a literary checklist and present their findings to the class. 

 

 

 

 Writing introductions and conclusions to an self-chosen topic

 

 

Working with introduction to literature in OneNote

 

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Access to English Literature

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