5 Story Summaries

Story 1: Classical Aristotelian 3-part structure

On the Bryan family farm the sheep-herding dog Jack begins to notice that some of his sheep are disappearing and no one knows why. As the sheep’s protector, Jack takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of this mystery. He starts interviewing all the other animals on the farm trying to piece together the story. During his investigation, he runs into some dangerous situations. Finally, he is able to get to the bottom of the mystery and save the sheep.


Story 2: Kishōtenketsu 4-part structure 

This story takes place on a farm in Oklahoma. In the beginning, we are introduced to the family. Then we begin to learn more about the farm, it’s animals, and their daily life taking care of everything. When one of their animals suddenly gets very sick and dies. Quickly, more animals are beginning to get sick. Worried about losing all of their animals, the farmer and his family work hard and figure out what was making the animals sick. They make the necessary changes they need to make to get their animals healthy again.


Story 3: Episodic structure 

These stories are about a family and their daily life but are told through the eyes of different members of the family: the parents, children, and even pets. We will be able to see their daily struggles and know their thoughts throughout the day, giving us insight into what each of their lives is like and how they are different from each other, even though some aspects of their day may be similar. Each of these stories will show how everyone views things differently and you don’t always know what someone is going through. 


Story 4: Surrealist or fantastic mode

Sarah comes home from school and walks into the front door of her house closing the door behind her. Only to realize that she is not home and the door that she walked in through has now disappeared. She was transported to another world and is now standing in the middle of a forest she has never seen before. After walking around and somewhat exploring this new world she comes across someone who tells her she has to help the beings in this world solve their problems in order to get back to her world.


Story 5: Personal anecdote as a fictional story

Hailey and her family were on vacation in Hawaii and they all wanted to go snorkeling because it was something they had never done before. Today was the perfect day, the sun was shining and the water was calm. They get in the water and begin swimming around looking for fish. But they had no luck, after half an hour of swimming they didn’t see anything. They started to get tired but Hailey decided that she would swim one more lap and she was glad that she did. She called her family to come over to her so she could show them what she found. 

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