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English 10
Preparing to Read a Short Story
February 23, 2005

In today’s class we will prepare ourselves for the short story, “The Trout.”

Group Discussion:

• What are the important parts of a story? Make a list and define each term with your group.

• For example, each story has a conflict. A conflict is when two people, a person and his or her environment or a person with him or herself has some kind of disagreement or difficulty. In stories a conflict is an important part of plot (what happens in a story).

• How do children (younger ones) see the world? How is their view of the world different from an adult’s view? Make a list of children’s special ways of seeing.


Read the story, "The Trout," and prepare for a vocabulary and comprehension quiz. Write ten sentences that demonstrate new vocabulary. Each sentence should make the meaning of the word clear to any reader.

Notes from the Class:



It is the physical place. The physical can indicate certain things to us. We use a screen to see my notes. This is formal, but different from usual.


The way the people behave (customs). Do we shake hands when we meet? Do we speak clearly; do we use bad language?

*If there is a house, you will know about that house IF that house is important to the plot. The way people talk or behave IF it is important to know.


Stories need people. The main character is called the protagonist. And any character or other thing against that character is the antagonist.

There are round characters and flat characters. We understand round characters mostly by watching and listening to them.

There are static characters and dynamic characters. A dynamic character will clearly have learned something by the end of the story. The static character stays the same.


A statement (in a full sentence) that the story illuminates. Note that one word, such as "love," is not a theme. It is a subject. Themes must be expressed as a sentence.

"A man who loves blindly may get into a lot of trouble."

• How do children (younger ones) see the world? How is their view of the world different from an adult’s view? Make a list of children’s special ways of seeing.

Children's Way of Seeing:

Magical thinking. Money grows on trees or falls from the sky. Children experiment and explore. Sometimes they will touch something to see what happens even if you warn them about it. They have few inhibitions.

They believe in magic people and believe the stories parents tell them and in life in outer space.

Children and how they see time is very different. Every day is my birthday, right Mom?

They have less fear than adults sometimes.

They find problems less intimidating than adults. They don't understand how complex life really is at their age.

Children have all the same emotions but will not adjust them to suit the environment as adults will.

Children don't understand death. They don't feel they will die.

Children think creatively and without restriction. They have imagination.

They are self-centered until adulthood.


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