Ms. Gokturk

Trends in Lit


Short Story Unit Group Work


Directions. Your group has been assigned one of the short stories we read (Clarke’s “The Star,” Clarke’s “The Nine Billion Names of God,” Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” Lewis’ “Mimsy Were Borowgroves,” or Asimov’s “Nightfall”). Working together as a group and searching for text-based evidence (TBE), create an “educational poster” that illustrates the story. Be sure to include THEME, CHARACTERIZATION[*] [of main characters], SETTING, & CONFLICT. Direct quotes and specifics from text are a must. Your final product might look something like this:



THEME: This is important! What is the author message(s)? How do you know? Ask yourselves WHY the author wrote this piece. Find supporting TBE to prove. You may have more than one theme.





SETTING: Where does the story take place? When? If you can illustrate the setting in the background of your poster, do so!


CONFLICT: What kinds of conflict do you see in this story? Identify the conflicts and give specifics from the story to illustrate. [Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man. vs. Society or Environment, Man vs. God or Fate, Man vs. Supernatural,  Man vs. Self, Man vs. Machine or Technology, Man vs. Time




[*] CHARACTERIZATION (Give details – usually 3 or more examples for each category