Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Group 1 Short Story

Modern Nomads

     One day, Mister Arnold was teaching a lesson, and things were going as normally as ever. He was explaining the story of mankind to his pupils. He told them that, in the beginning, men were nomads; that they never stayed in the same place for very long. 

     Instead, they would travel about, here and there, in search of food, wherever it was to be found. And when the food ran out, they would move off somewhere else.

     He taught them about the invention of farming and keeping animals. This was an important discovery, because by learning to cultivate the land, and care for animals, mankind would always have food readily available. It also meant that people could remain living in one place, and this made it easier to set about tasks that would take a long while to complete, like building towns, cities, and all that was in them. All the children were listening, spellbound by this story, until Lucy jumped up:

  "And if that was so important, and improved everything so much, why are we nomads all over again, Mister Arnold?"

     Mister Arnold didn't know what to say. Lucy was a very intelligent girl. He knew that she lived with her parents in a house, so she must know that her family were not nomads; so what did she mean?

   "We have all become nomads again," continued Lucy, “The other day, outside the city, they were cutting the forest down. A while ago a fisherman told me how they fish. It's the same with everyone: when there's no more forest left the foresters go elsewhere, and when the fish run out the fishermen move on. That's what the nomads did, isn't it?"

     The teacher nodded, thoughtfully. Really, Lucy was right. Mankind had turned into nomads. Instead of looking after the land in a way that we could be sure it would keep supplying our needs, we kept exploiting it until the land was bare and barren. And then off we would go to the next place! The class spent the rest of the afternoon talking about what they could do to demonstrate how to be more civilised...

     The next day everyone attended class wearing a green t-shirt, with a message that said "I am not a nomad!"

     And, from then on, they set about showing that indeed they were not. Every time they knew they needed something, they made sure that they would get it using care and restraint. If they needed wood or paper, they would ensure that they got the recycled kind. They ordered their fish from fish farms, making sure that the fish they received were not too young and too small. They only used animals that were well cared for, and brought up on farms...

     And so, from their little town, those children managed to give up being nomads again, just as prehistoric men had done, so many thousands of years ago.

Online Treasure Hunt

Elements of Short Story
Kimberly Abellanoza,  Lara Marie Dy, 
Ruben Feliciano,  Trisha Anne Tadeo
Holy Angel University



Everyone likes a good story. Through reading stories we meet fascinating new people. We can imagine exotic faraway lands beyond our own. We can share other peoples’ experiences, traditions, and even their problems and triumphs. We may even travel backward or forward in time.

            These are the things that make up short stories. Indeed, these are the things that make short stories great. In a matter of a few minutes, these elements work together to transport the reader into another world.

            But before we begin with our journey through short stories, I would like to send you on a little errand. I want you to first learn about these elements of short stories so that you will have a full pack and gear by the time we set off. Below are seven questions to guide you on this search. Further down you will find great online resources where you can find the answers. Please type your answers on a Word document entitled TreasureHunt.doc and email it to the address written above. Good luck!

1.      What are the elements of a short story?
2.      Why are these elements necessary in a short story?
3.      What are the different kinds of conflict?
4.      How can the conflict of a short story reflect the kind people who wrote it?
5.      What are the elements of a plot?
6.      Why is there a need to have high and low points in the plot?
7.      What is the relationship between the conflict and the plot?

Web Resources

·         Regional School Board: Teacher Webspace
·         The Writing Lover’s Website
·         Calgary Academy


The Big Question

Form groups of three with your seatmates. Then choose a new lesson that you learned from the previous questions and make a mini poster out of it. Use a sheet of Oslo paper to make your poster.

Each group will present their poster in front of class next meeting.  Describe your topic clearly and explain why you chose it. And listen attentively to your classmates when they present their work. You will be given the opportunity to give comments or suggestions after each presentation. Be nice and honest.

When all the groups are finished, we will then collate all your posters and put them on the bulletin board in order to make a grand poster that will serve as our focus for this unit.

Your posters and presentation will be evaluated using the rubric below. Make sure to review this rubric and keep all the criteria in mind when planning and creating your poster. Have fun!

Great (10pts)
Good (8pts)
Average (5pts)
Needs       (3pts) Improvement

The poster clearly describes or symbolizes the group’s chosen topic
The poster describes the chosen topic.
The poster is somehow connected with the chosen topic
The poster has no discernable connected with the chosen topic
Presentation (30%)

The group gives an excellent description of their poster and gives examples to clarify its connection to the chosen topic
The group gives a clear description of how their poster is represents their chosen topic.
The group manages to somehow show the connection of their poster to the chosen topic
The group fails convey how their poster represents the chosen topic
Artistry (30%)
Uses good color combinations, strong imagery, and is neat
Uses good color combinations, clear imagery.
Uses dull colors, clear imagery.
Uses dull colors, vague imagery, and is dirty