1. Elements of a Short Story A short story is a work of fiction that can be read in one sitting.
3. Plot at a Glance climax falling action rising action resolution exposition
4. Exposition- gives the background of the story Rising Action- introduces complications; builds suspense Climax- the turning point of the story suspense reaches its peak Falling Action and Resolution resolves the conflict usually ties up loose ends
5. The plot of a short story centers around conflict. Conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. Complications build the reader’s excitement.
9. Setting= time and place -puts the reader in the story by giving the reader the feeling of being in the situation. -creates atmosphere by the positive or negative feelings associated with the place.
10. Point of View or . . . (Who’s telling this story anyway?) -the vantage point from which the story is told. -determines how much we, the readers, know about the characters.
15. A symbol is a person, a place, an activity, or an object that stands for something beyond itself.
16. Theme In literature, theme is a perception about life or human nature that the writer wants to share with the reader. In most cases, the theme is not stated directly but must be inferred . Themes can be revealed by - a story’s title - key phrases and statements about big ideas - the ways the characters change and the lessons they learn about life.