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Short Stories

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Short Stories
Short Stories
'The Yellow Wallpaper'- Context and Characterisation
Look closely at this image.
What adjectives would you use to describe this lady?
Can you come up with a simile to describe this lady?

The Yellow Wallpaper
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
L.O: To explore how context influences characterisation in a text.

The Yellow Wallpaper
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Key Vocabulary
Group reading
The Yellow Wallpaper
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Now you have read the story
(or most of it), try and come up with some key questions for a group discussion about the text.

Make sure you share the amount of reading according to ability.
of, belonging to, or inherited from an ancestor (whom a person is descended)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
An American writer in the
Her father abandoned her
family, leaving her mother to
raise two children on her own.
She married a man called Charles Stetson in 1884 (age of 24).
Gilman suffered a severe depression and
underwent a series of unusual treatments for it.
She was concerned with political inequality especially the unequal status of women within marriage. The traditional power structure of the family made no one happy.
What would you expect to see in Charlotte's writing?
Write down your answers on a post-it note and stick it on the board.

Have a think about the style of writing, the mood she would create, any feelings she may convey to her reader, what may her characters be like?
Have a think about our lesson objective- how does the context influence the characterisation?
Let's put your knowledge to the test!
How does the context influence the characterisation in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'?
Lesson Recap: The Learning Triangles
Questions you asked
1) Questions about the plot of the text- sorry guys that would be spoiling the ending! Remember- there are questions in stories that are left unanswered- why?
Why is the narrator in an old nursery?
Is her husband hiding something?
2) How did women in the 19th century become depressed?
3) What does yellow symbolise?

What did you learn last lesson?
The background of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Charlotte's style of writing.

How women were perceived in the 19th century.

How a depressed person perceives things.

How a lot of detail signifies madness-what do you think?
What did your learning remind you of?
'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe- how the narration is similar- both narrators descend into madness. The debate of the unreliable narrator.

'The Dark is Rising'.

'Little Women'- how do you feel it is similar to 'The Yellow Wallpaper'.
Your personal images of the narrator in the text.
Let's take a closer look at the LANGUAGE of the text.
When analysing the language of the text, explore what we learn about the narrator's character.
What atmosphere does this create?
How does it make you feel as the reader?
Plenary: Language and Characterisation

What do we learn about the character of the narrator from Gilman's language and what atmosphere does this create?
To review Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and explore the key ingredients of a short story.
To use inference and deduction of a text to make predictions of its conclusion.
Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
Activity: How do you think the story ends?
You are going to create your own ending of 'Lamb to the Slaughter'.

Make sure:
1) Your plot flows and you don't go off course.
2) You don't forget any characters in the text.
3) Your structure flows- remember the traditional structure of a short story.
4) The content of your ending fits in with the genre of the story.

Peer Assessment
When marking your partners' work, I would like you to:

1) Pick out 2 things you like about your partners' story. Relate this to either the structure, characterisation, language, mood etc...

2) Pick out 1 wish- something you think your partner could include or change if they were to improve it.
Research and read another short story of your choice and review it.
To be handed in on:

Friday 31st January
Group Reading
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