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A Ghost Story

How do events, characters, setting, and tone work together to create an engaging short story? Would the impact or theme of a story be different if one of these elements were changed? After reading Mark Twain's slightly screwy "A Ghost Story," groups identify the various components of the tale and then individuals craft an additional paragraph that alters one of the elements of the story. Consider asking readers who are petrified by Twain's version to research the Cardiff Giant and show how actual events are reflected in Twain's tale.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Twain's twist on the traditional ghost story should engage readers
Cons

  • Check for prior knowledge before beginning the unit as many class members will have studied the genre in previous years
  • More scaffolding is needed for all class members to successfully craft an additional paragraph for the story
  • Beware the spelling and usage errors in the plan
Common Core

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