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– Compose a 1 to 2 page alternate ending for a short story selected from the list of stories that we have read in the English 11A course tree.
– Begin your alternate ending with a sentence that appears on the last page of the original short story to transition from the original author’s voice to your own.
– Put that sentence in quotes, followed by a parenthetical note at the end, and a MLA formatted Works Cited entry for the original piece as the last page of our new ending.
-As you compose the alternate ending to your selected short story, write with your author’s style in mind. How can your diction, syntax, structure, and tone mirror his or hers?
-For additional support, read the Guidelines for Ending a Story on p. 205 and Guidelines for Improving Style on p. 207 in Writing with Power. Complete Practice Your Skills on page 404 and Thinking Practice on page 405.
Here’s the list of stories that you can choose from. Literary summaries these stories is also attached below.
1. “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford
2. “Indians are a People Not Mascots,” by Fred Veilleux
3. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards
4. “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa”
5. “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine
6. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “Young Goodman Brown”
7. “The Masque of the RedDeath” by Edgar Allen Poe
8. In “Self-Reliance,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
9. “Walden”by Henry David Thoreau
10. The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
11. Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
12. Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
13. In Kate Chopin’s “A Pair of Silk Stockings”
14. Charles Waddell Chesnutt “The Wife of His Youth”
15. In Cedric Yamanaka’s “The Lemon Tree Billiards House”