Into the Woods “Hurry up!” Maisie's brother Jeremy groaned as he hiked up ahead of her. “I have to use the bathroom and the next resting spot is only a couple miles ahead!” Her seventeen year old brother was going to be a senior in high school and thought the whole world revolved around him. “It's not my fault I have short legs!” Maisie retorted. She had just turned twelve this June, a summer baby and on top of that, a late bloomer. Their dad, Michael, in an effort to become close again with them after the divorce, had taken them on a Appalachian mountain hike. The year before, Maisie's mom and him had begun to start fighting more and more often. Now, Maisie and Jeremy lived with their mom in a little suburban house in Florida while their dad lived in Massachusetts. Coming to his bachelor pad for the month in the summer was awkward for all of them. They had been used to him coming down to their city Weston in Florida and staying in a hotel. She didn't have any friends in Massachusetts and worst of all, she was missing her friend Shawna's big pool party where her crush Connor was going to be. This summer had been one of the worst of her life so far. They had been hiking for two hours already and Maisie was hot and exhausted. August was definitely not the time to go for a hike, especially during the beginning of a heat wave. Her dad and brother were marching steady a couple yards up the trail from her. She was listening to her iPod admiring the forest when she looked up and suddenly, she couldn't see Jeremy and her dad anymore. Maisie kept hiking, hoping to catch up with them. A fork in the road was just ahead and she stopped dead in her tracks. “Dad? Jeremy?” All Maisie heard was silence. A little louder she shouted, “Dad? Jeremy? Dad? Jeremy?” With no answer, she decided to continue forward to see if she could find them. Against her better judgement, she took the right trail. Continuing on the trail for a couple minutes, the path slowly faded to brush. Maisie spun around to look behind her and the path had disappeared. All the trees were evenly spaced and she didn't know which bush she had just passed. The rest stop is just ahead, keep going straight, she thought to herself. Maisie hiked ahead hoping to find her brother and dad or the rest stop. She was unsure, had she passed that tree with the big knots before? That bush looked familiar. At this point, Maisie had no idea where she was but kept walking forward in the direction she thought the rest stop was. She was starting to feel more than a little worried. Soon, afternoon turned to twilight, and Maisie began to feel scared, they had to have noticed her missing after a while. They'll have to send a search party out, said the hopeful voice in the back of her mind. The sun was setting and she still didn’t know where she was. All Maisie had was her backpack, iPod, sweatshirt, water bottle, and a couple granola bars. Mosquitos were coming out and she could hear the crickets chirping. The only thing she could do now was find someplace to sleep and hope to be found tomorrow morning. Maisie looked around for a big tree to stay for the night. Finally, she found a big oak that seemed sturdy and safe. Swatting at the mosquitos swarming her head, she pulled a granola bar out and ate half, saving the rest for later. Covering herself with her sweatshirt, she tried closing her eyes, but they flashed open when she heard a crackling among the sticks. It was far away but it seemed to be getting closer with every step it took. Maisie had never felt more scared in her life. She heard a foreign noise, sounding like nothing she'd ever heard before. What would be in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night? Fear overtook her mind. Maisie arose and sprinted behind the next massive oak tree. A dark black shape came closer and closer. Crackle. Crackle. Across the forest, she spotted a hidden area of foliage. It was her only chance to get away from this shadow that was
instinctiveness. Human survive on it. In the short story “The Large Ant” by Howard Fast, Fast illustrates surviving on instinct when he shows that humans are naturally violent, that the government will do anything to survive and that Morgan kills without hesitation.
A large percent of people crave violence and that’s solely an instinctive trait. Howard Fast does an excellent job at illustrating this throughout the short story “The Large Ant.”. The story takes place in Cold War Era USA during a time…
By Lily Parasiuk
It was the beginning of the summer before 10th grade. I had just moved out to a small town in Ottawa. My dog Lucy, an Australian Shepard, and I had been exploring the forest behind our new home when we came upon a small stone bridge arching over a river. As we crossed I stepped in something sticky. When I looked down I saw a red stream sweeping around my feet, I looked up to see a boy laying on the bridge crying. I ran to that bloody boy not thinking or knowing what to…
9 October 2014
“The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner”
The theme of “sacrifice” is integral to the author’s purpose in both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence. While the two authors use the idea of sacrifice in very different ways, the importance of sacrifice is clearly delineated. However, Jackson and Lawrence approach the theme from separate angles and with two very unique purposes in mind. This paper will…
adopted for reading this story.
Beginning with the "Before-reading" strategies, I can say that at first my purpose for reading this story was merely to fulfil the tasks required for this course. Later on, it became more for the satisfaction of my curiosity, particularly when I first noticed the story's tittle "The Rocking-horse Winner". The title was vague, so it compelled me to read further to discover what the story was about. Also I noticed that the story is of the short story type which I personally…
kind of English. People identify that type of English as either broken or fractured English. In the short story, “Mother Tongue” written by Amy Tan describes that these types of people are stereotyped and are judged by the way they speak. Tan explains that her mother speaks a different type of English, and that she receives judgement and mistreatment by this. Additionally, Tan expresses that she speaks differently to her mother than to other people. The central theme of this short story is that…
created in Lawson’s short stories and one other related text of your own choosing.
In your answer, make detailed references to at least two short stories set for study.
Composers in everyday situations use distinctively visuals through the use of elaborate techniques and complex word choice. These visuals are vivid and very clear; so it helps the responder visualise the text and therefore relate to the texts and also deepen their understanding of the short stories. Two short stories composed by ‘Henry…
November 18, 2014
Edgar Allen Poe is a very famous writer. He is best known for his short stories. One of
these short stories being “The Cask of Amontillado”. This is a story of a man seeking revenge on
one that he claims used to be his friend. In this story, Poe uses mature vocabulary to support the
stories mood. Others may argue that his vocabulary in no way describes the mood. Edgar Allen
Poe sets the mood of “The Cask of Amontillado” through big words, old English, and twists on…
Alcoholism and Death on “The Cask of Amontillado”
Edgar Allan Poe was an American author and poet who lived from 1809 to 1849. His most widely-read works include “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Raven”. One of his short stories, “The Cask of Amontillado”, is about a man called Montresor, who is consumed with getting revenge on an Italian wine-taster, Fortunato, for an insult that is never fully explained. Under the pretence that he needs a taster for Amontillado, a rare…
Compare and Contrast
Rikki Tikki Tavi is a great action packed story about a mongoose whose name is Rikki Tikki Tavi. He saves the garden by killing two cobra snakes and destroying their eggs. There is a short story far rikki tikki tavi and a short movie. In both the book and movie there are many similarities and differences, the are still not the same thing.
Rikki Tikki the book’s plot is Rikki Tikki is trying to save the English family from Nag and Nagaina. Rikki Tikki Tavi the book’s problem…
Scope and Sequence – English 1A 2014-2015
Troy Soles, Kelly Fitzpatrick-Sorem, Annie Wolfe
Prentice Hall Gold Series
Students will study the short story, novel, and poetry while focusing on the narrative/imaginative and expository research. An ongoing emphasis is placed on independent reading as well as the state content and performance standards.
Unit 1 (trimester long): Grammar…