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Exploring Short Stories Volume 1


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Product Code: 978-1-921085-61-1

Exploring Short Stories provides 20 short stories for junior and middle secondary students . The stories come from well known and highly regarded authors from around the world and represent a range of write styles and types of short story. The stories in each volume are grouped according to the feature of the short story genre they best represent.

Exploring Short Stories Teacher Resource Books  provide detailed information about features of the short story as a genre, an extensive commentary on each story with notes on the authors, the themes and features of the writing. For each story there are practical ideas for teachers, and copiable activities and exercises for students.

Volume 1 Contents



 I. Sequencing

  • ‘The Smart Dog’ by Dal Stivens

 II. Predicting the Ending

  • ‘I Used To Live Here Once’ by Jean Rhys
  •  ‘The Norfolk Island Pine Tree’ by Brian Matthews

 III. Articulating the Themes

  •  ‘The Star Beast’ by Nicholas Stuart Gray


 I. Intertextuality

  •  ‘Who Dares Wins’ by N. M. Cooper
  •  ‘Noah and the Flood’ King James Version of The Bible
  •  ‘The Windows of Heaven’ by John Brunner

 II. Some Narrative Techniques

 a. Unreliable Narrators

  • ‘I Fooled You, Didn’t I?’ by Michael Edom (aged 13)
  • ‘Jupiter Doke, Brigadier General’ by Ambrose Bierce

 b. A Shift of Perspective

  •  ‘Space Fantasies’ by Amy Burroughs (aged 13)
  •  ‘Just Right?’ by Steven Langsford (aged 13)
  •   ‘Nescience’ by Jim Finkemeyer (aged 16)
  •   ‘A Timeless Observation’ by Heath Manners (aged 18)

 c. A Twist in the Tale

  •   ‘Conscience in Art’ by ‘O. Henry’ (William Sydney Porter)
  •   ‘The Specimen’ by Ray Mason (aged 16)

 d. Indeterminate Endings

  • ‘In the Garden’ by Petrina Smith
  • ‘The Fly–Paper’ by Elizabeth Taylor

 e. Parallel Narration

  • ‘Tiger in the Snow’ by Daniel Wynn Barber

 III. Same But Different

  • ‘The Loaded Dog’ by Henry Lawson
  • ‘Moon–Face’ by Jack London