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

  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 • Exposition • Rising Action • Climax • Falling Action • Resolution

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

  5. What must a short story include? • Writer’s 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