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English 10
Preparing to Write a Short Story
March 2, 2005

Group Activity:

With your group discuss and answer the following questions.

  1. Julia is a “round character” (we know many things about her). Describe her character (her personality). Use three of her actions as support for your ideas—one from the beginning, one from the middle, and one from the end of the story.
  2. Julia is a “dynamic character” (a character who learns something). What does she learn? How does she learn it?
  3. In this story, the setting (where the story happens, the characteristics of the place itself) is important. The setting of The Dark Walk affects Julia in at least two different ways. Describe the two effects.
  4. Julia has a strong opinion about her parents’ stories. Explain what this conflict (difference of opinion) shows about her. Also, how are her father and mother’s stories different? What do their stories show about them?


Homework (Draft is due on March 9):

Write a very short story about a child who learns something important. Follow O’Failain’s example, using an important setting, a brother (or sister), and two parents.

Make sure that you show the child’s way of looking at the world. We should know very little about the parents’ thinking.

Include some dialogue in your story.

Write a story that is as long as you wish but no more than one thousand words, please!

Please see  stories written by former students for ideas.

Allen's Ordinary Saturday

The Rice Wine

Sharon's Hamster

Little Bird

Answers to the Four Questions:


She is adventurous (brave). We can see it from this action: She goes through The Dark Walk even at night time.

She is sympathetic (imaginative). Her action: She spends a lot of time thinking about the trout and how it might be doing or feeling.

She is thoughtful. Her action: she releases the fish into the river. Not only that, but she worries that perhaps it will be caught.


She learns in twelve years that life is real and she has an influence in it by taking some actions.

She learns about nature and so she feels happiness when she releases. It's like she feels a personal responsibility towards nature.

She learns this by thinking about, planning, and doing something. She releases the trout into the river.


The dark walk scares Julia at first.

Then, later, the same setting makes her feel excited, interested, fascinated.


The strong opinion that Julia has about her parents' stories shows us she is maturing and has started to have grown up feelings. She doesn't like the pretend stuff anymore.

She also understands the parents' reasons for telling such stories and why her brother would like them.

Mother tells fairy stories; father tells practical ones. It only shows the difference between men and women as parents.

Student Answers to Questions in 2002


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