Over half-term I would like you to try and read as many short stories as you can. As an absolute minimum you should be able to manage 3. It won't take you long; they are short, and that is the beauty of them! As you read them I want you to take some notes on what makes a short story different from a regular novel. Try not to be too specific to each story; think generally. What do you notice about the types of character in short stories? What do you notice about the setting? What do you notice about the plot and how the action actually unfolds? Write a comment on this blog with at least 4 things you have noticed about short stories that distinguish them from regular length novels.
"They are shorter" is not an acceptable answer!
Because I am a kind teacher I have scoured the internet and found a series of links that will take you to a whole load of short stories, so you don't even have to go hunting yourself (although you may wish to). Please see below.
Super Short Stories:
‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ – James Thurber
‘The Tell Tale Heart’ – Edgar Allen Poe
‘A Horseman in the Sky’ – Ambrose Bierce (Note: You might need a dictionary for this as there is some tricky vocab)
10 Short Stories
20 American Short Stories
Have a great half-term, and well done for all your hard work over the last 8 weeks.