Select a short story：
Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat
James Joyce, Araby
Franz Kafka, Before the Law
Jamaica Kincaid, Girl ** Here is a worksheet for “Girl” that you can use for other works. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
Juan Rulfo, Tell Them Not to Kill Me
Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Draft: Write a 500 – 750-word essay that responds to the following questions:
or, alternatively, you may follow the structure of this worksheet (the link is to an example (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)
What is the name of the story? The author? Year published?
What is the story about? (short paragraph)
Who is the main character and what are the main qualities?
What is the “twist of fate” in the story? What did you think when you read it? How did it make you feel?
What is the message?
Think of an updated version of the story. How would you modify the story to make it take place now? Describe the names, places, and other elements.
DIY Blockbuster! A lot of movies and television series are based on updates and modifications of classics. Here’s a chance to create your own.
Final Version: Expand your draft and add more details and 2 or 3 more paragraphs to the DIY Blockbuster!