Short Stories of Japan (The Nose, In A Grove, The Spider's Thread)

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Choose one of your short stories from the 3 you have chosen, and use your understanding of the short story to make a power point presentation that:

1. Analyzes three of the following points. At least one bullet must be from 2.1.1.

2. Illustrates how your chosen story is strong in one of the following areas.

2.1 Construct meaning from text and context.

2.1.1 Discern and analyze context

a. Describe the text creator’s purpose, and analyze the target audience.

b. Describe how societal forces can influence the production of texts [for example, current issues and trends]

c. Explain the relationship between text and context in terms of how elements in an environment can affect the way in which a text is created [for example, the historical context in which the text is written; gender-biased language can provide information about context in which a text was created in terms of dominant culture]

d. Identify the impact that personal context---experience, prior knowledge---has on constructing meaning from a text.

2.1.2 Understand and interpret content

a. Use a variety of strategies to comprehend literature and other texts [for example, reading passages out loud, forming questions, making predictions, using context to determine the connotative meanings of words, using graphic organizers and making annotations], and develop strategies for close reading of literature in order to understand contextual elements [for example, understanding subtext]

b. Describe how supporting ideas and supporting details strengthen a text’s controlling idea.

c. Describe the relationships among plot, setting, character, atmosphere and theme when studying a narrative.

d. Compare the personality traits, roles, relationships, motivations, attitudes, values and archetypal qualities, when appropriate, of characters developed/persons presented in literature and other texts.

e. Describe a text creator’s tone and register; and identify the moral and ethical stance communicated by a text.

f. Interpret figurative language, symbol and allusions; recognize imagery; and explain how imagery contributes to atmosphere, characterization and theme in a text.

I chose 3 short stories from Japan are The Nose, The Spider's Thread, and In A Grove (3 of these stories are from the same author .

Here is the link of the story:

The Nose:

In A Grove:

Spider's Thread:

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