Here are the short stories that we are reading in class:


Here is the plot line. Most stories follow this plot line, more or less.


Here is the plot line worksheet we use in class.

Here is the conflict worksheet we used in class. The conflict notes are:

Character vs. Character - two characters argue or fight.
Character vs. Self - a character struggles with their thoughts
Character vs. Nature - a character has trouble with is/her environment
Character vs. Society - a character has trouble with a government or group of people

Story Worksheets:



The Test

*NOTE* - the test is changing - more on this later


The test will not be what you can remember about each short story. Instead it will cover what we have learned about each story. You will be given a short story to read in class. It is an abridged version of Ray Bradbury's "Marionettes Inc." You can read it ahead of time by clicking here.

Reading the short story itself will test your focus. We have been working on staying focused with your reading by reading for 20 minutes three days a week.

Then we will test your comprehension by given a few questions on what happened in the story.

After that, there will be several questions applying what we have learned. Here are some things you'll be applying to "Marionettes Inc.":

  • Plot Line
  • setting
  • conflict
  • character types
  • irony types
  • imagery
  • point of view


You can try using this Jeopardy PowerPoint to reveiw some for the test.


The Retest:

Our test will look very similar to the first one. Here is what you should know:

1. The Plot Line - it is right here on this page. Just be able to repeat it. Simple enough.

2. Basic Understanding - you will read "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Be able to answer questions that happen. If you had trouble on this with the first test, try reading the story before. Download it here. you can also read the questions (NOT THE ANSWERS) before you read the story.

3. Beyond Understand and Context Clues - these require you to think. You must make a connection that is not stated in the story. For example, if I see a student run down the hall with a water balloon and then later see our principal wet and mad, I can make the connection that the student may have had something to do with that. many short stories require you to make that connection.

4. Literary Terms - go over your literary term sheet again. Pay close attention to metaphor, simile, character types, irony types, and point of view types.