Teacher Resource Guides


69 pages / paper

Short Story Anthology Guide

Middle Years

Opening Tricks Teacher Resource Guide

ISBN: 978-1-894345-02-6

This guide offers teaching strategies for the content, themes and styles that evoke humour in story telling and the techniques of craft that allow humour to unfold. The guide was created in response to Thistledown’s third national competition for young adult short stories, including the two winning stories “The Trickster” by Jacqueline Pearce, and “Mom?!” by Diana C. Aspin.

 The Opening Tricks Teacher Resource Guide intelligently address the writing styles of  stories by: Cheryl Archer, Karen Krossing, R.P. MacIntyre, Eric Nicol, Sharon Stewart, Beverley Brenna, Shelley A. Leedahl, Barry Mathias, Janice Scott, Jennifer Taylor, and Ed Yatscoff.

The guide is arranged as follows: the Overview section, which includes:

  • Teaching Focus;
  • Plot (Content);
  • Characterization;
  • Themes;
  • The Writer's Craft (Structure and Style);

the Questions section, divided into:

  • Speculations;
  • General Questions;
  • Other Activities

There is a series of Essay Questions and Research Probes to further develop students' writing, web, and library skills.

This guide is free with each class set purchase of 20 or more


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