Close Reading Workshop: Short Story

Characters and Conflict


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Preparing to Read

Text analysis icon Elements of a Short Story

In the beginning of this unit, you will focus on reading various short stories. A short story is a brief work of fiction that contains plot, characters, setting, and theme. Can you remember the elements of a short story? Authors use the following elements in a short story:
  • characters
  • plot
  • conflict
  • setting
  • point of view
  • theme

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Mouse icon Glossary

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