Continue the story …
The protagonist from “The Sea Devil” is a more specific character – but he must be a character from a story you have studied. Any other character you choose to add must also be a character from a story you have read. Continue the story.
The protagonist is actually Neville from “The Tower.” Write a new ending in which he returns to the house and begins a conversation with his wife, Kay.
Imagine that the protagonist is actually, Mr. Berryman, or Martin Collingwood, or better yet, Bill Kline.
Imagine the protagonist is an immigrant from New Zealand. Transform him into grown-up Ned from “The Quiet One” and have him meet up with Sid and Wally for breakfast the next morning.
Write a news article based on the outcome of the story. Remember that news articles…
- strive for factual, objective writing;
- use denotation instead of connotation;
- are organized in an inverted pyramid structure;
- each have a lead paragraph that contains the most important details;
- have headlines;
- must be newsworthy (proximity, timeliness, novelty); and
- incorporate quotations.
Post your news articles to your blog and share your articles with your group. Comment on others’ posts.
Choose ten words, phrases, or images from a favourite section of the story. Create your own free verse poem (no rhymes). (Your poem need not be specifically about the story.) Share your poem.
Formally debate the following resolution: BIRT no one is to blame for what happens at the end of the story.
Fatal Inquiry Report
Imagine you are an Alberta Judge (and the events in the story occur in Alberta) write a Fatal Inquiry Report into John’s death.
After an inquiry is complete, the presiding judge provides the Minister with a written report that:
- identifies the deceased
- outlines the date, time, place and circumstances of death
- may recommend how to prevent similar incidents, but
- cannot make any findings of legal responsibility
Write on the following topic:
If you have a hobby, focus on your own hobby. If not, imagine you have one. Now write a letter to your best friend describing a dream you had about your hobby in which you somehow entered the world of the thing you loved, collected, or created. Consider how you felt, whether or not you wanted to leave, and whether or not you could leave.
Respond to this story in your journal in any way you wish.Â You may want to take some of the following suggestions into consideration.Â Describe how you felt when you read the last paragraph of this story.Â Does this story remind you of any other stories you know or any dreams you may have had?Â Describe them.Â Explain what these stories and/or dreams have in common.Â Describe your first exposure to a horror story.Â How would you rate your response to horror on a scale of one to ten, ten being severe?Â Explain how you feel when you are experiencing horror and describe any effects or incidents that are particularly scary for you.Â Share your ideas with other students.
A â€œfound poemâ€ is a poem made of a group of words not originally intended as a poem, but distilled from its context and arranged effectively on the page using white space and enjambment.Â For example, the end of this story might be arranged this way:
of his wife, going about her business whilst he
worried, nine years
he worried, turned from
to this problem or that
if you search
one face you turn
Choose a segment of this story that seems especially vivid and significant.Â Experiment with arrangements on the page that seem most effective in appropriateness and/or tension between the content and the form. If another student has chosen the same passage as you have, compare your versions.
Imagine that your mind is being invaded by a flight attendant but the transformation is not complete.Â You donâ€™t quite know what is happening but you know you are not always in control of what comes out of your mouth or of what you write.Â Assume you are writing to a close friend to describe a recent game, part, or trip.Â Write the letter.Â Before you begin, decide whether you are aiming for comedy, pathos, or horror.
Keep a progressive record of your responses to this short fiction as you read “Fairy Tale” for the first time.Â Although the author has divided it into sixteen sections, we can combine some of these to form a total of eight sections:Â section one, section two, section three; sections four plus five; six plus seven and eight; section nine; ten plus eleven and twelve: and, finally, sections thirteen plus fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen together.Â As you read each of these eight main sections, keep a record of your responses.Â Explain how the story makes you feel, why you feel this way, and what you think will happen next.Â Take time to explore your feelings.Â Let yourself wander through your own responses just as you wander through the story.Â Above all, be honest.Â When you have finished writing, think back over the story as a whole.Â Select three adjectives that you feel best describe this story.Â Compare your responses and choices with those of others in your class.
Munro says adults are often tempted to refer to their adolescent behaviour with irony, humour, and amazement, but she implies that it is not always fair to oneâ€™s younger self to do so.Â She says she did â€œall the stupid, sad, half-ashamed things…that people in love always do.â€Â And then she gives a list of examples.Â Are you in love now?Â Have you been love?Â Have you done some of the â€œstupid, sad, half-ashamed thingsâ€ Munro speaks of (pp. 32-33)?Â Describe the experience, with as much detail as possible, in your journal.Â Try to avoid speaking of yourself in a derogatory way; after all, as MunroÂ says, this is what people in love always do.