“The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant”

story title

Grade: English 10

Discuss (SL:1)

  • What kinds of silly things to people do for love?
  • Have you ever acted like someone–other than yourself–around a person you were trying to impress?

Accessing prior knowledge

What are definitions/examples of the following terms?

  • Point of view
  • Flashback
  • Internal conflict
  • External conflict
  • Theme
  • Allusion

Watch and discuss (SL:1)

  • What is the conflict?
  • What does the narrator ultimately choose and what consequence does this choice have?
  • What would you choose?

Short story reading

Read  “The River, the Bass, and Sheila Mant.” The story starts on page 31 of the large, blue textbooks.

Answer the following

  1. What is the theme or central idea in the story? (RL. 2)
  2. How is flashback used in the story? (RL. 5)
  3. What point of view is the story told from? (RL. 6)
  4. What is specific textual evidence of what the main character learned from his experience? (RL. 1)

Vocabulary/allusions (RL. 4)

How can you understand what the word means in context of the story?

  1. Denizens
  2. Pensive
  3. Dubious
  4. Luminous
  5. Sculling


Common Core

*Standard descriptions are summarized and modified to include assignment rationale/purpose in parentheses

“English Language Arts Standards” by Common Core State Standards Initiative

  • SL:1 (Varying group discussions–partner, group and class. Students can express themselves clearly and listen to others).
  • RL: 2 (Determine theme and central idea and its development over the story)
  • RL: 3 (Analyze complex characters and plot development)
  • RL 4 (Determine meaning of vocabulary from story)
  • RL 5 (Understand structure of the story, specifically flashback)
  • RL 6 (Analyze point of view)

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