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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mrs. Brashler
8th Grade Language Arts - Martino Jr. High

Short Story Unit for the Beginning of the Year

"The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry

"The Ransom of Red Chief" PDF Story - the_ransom_of_red_chief.pdf

Reading Guide - Ransom_of_Red_Chief_Active_Reading_Guide.docx

Irony Worksheet - Red_Chief_Irony_WS.docx

"Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara

"Raymond's Run" PDF Story - raymonds_run_text.pdf

Reading Guide - Raymonds_Run_Reading_Guide.docx

Plot Diagram Review - plot_diagram.docx

"The Moustache" by Robert Cormier

"The Moustache" PDF Story - The_Moustache_-_Robert_Cormier_text.pdf

Reading Guide - moustache_story_guide.docx

Exit Slip (Symbolism & Inference) - exit_slip_for_moustache.docx

How do I prepare for the short story test?

Short Story Unit Study Guide - short_story_unit_review.docx

  • Be familiar with all three of our stories: "The Ransom of Red Chief", "Raymond's Run", and "The Mustache"
  • Understand the literary terms: situational irony, dramatic irony, verbal irony, characterization, stereotype, conflict, inference, symbolism, theme, and be familiar with a plot diagram
  • Be familiar with and know how to identify our 6 notice and note reading strategies: Contrasts & Contradictions, AHA Moments, Tough Questions, Memory Moments, Words to the Wiser, and Again & Again