Coffee, Snacks, and Worms
On each short line, write the word that is defined. On each long line, write a sentence in
which you properly use the word.
garish incredulous belligerent poised
gesture disheveled menace
1. to make a movement of part of the body to emphasize or express ideas,
emotions, etc. _________________________________________________________
2. attitude of readiness to fight or quarrel _____________________________________
3. a threat or a nuisance ___________________________________________________
4. crudely bright; gaudy ___________________________________________________
5. rumpled, untidy ________________________________________________________
6. not able or willing to accept as true; unbelieving ______________________________
7. put into readiness with an air of confidence __________________________________
Short Story Elements & Literary Terms
Personification – human qualities are given to something that is not human (animals,
objects, plants, nature) eg. The ship sank and was swallowed by the sea.
Alliteration – the close repetition of consonant sounds
eg. The car crashed quite close to the curb, killing the kidnappers.
Setting – the place, time, and duration of a story
Atmosphere – the mood (eg. warm, tense, depressing, hilarious) which is established by
action, dialogue, setting, and character.
Types of Endings:
wrap-up ending – the conflict is clearly resolved; a satisfying ending
anti-climax ending – there is some conflict resolution, but it is not complete; the reader
is left with questions
open ending – there is no resolution of conflict
ironic twist ending – the unexpected happens
Write full sentence answers to each question on lined paper in your binder.
1. How does Kate’s fantasy world contrast with her real world?
2. a) Find and quote an example of personification on p. 87
b) Find and quote a simile on p. 88.
c) Find and quote an example of alliteration from Kate’s fantasy p. 89.
3. Describe Kate’s attitude as she works in the snack bar.
4. a) What atmosphere is established by the middle of p. 89?
5. On page 89, the contrast between Kate’s fantasy world and real world
isn’t so great. Explain.
6. Give 3 character traits that Kate demonstrates as she interacts with
the boy. Support each with a specific example.
7. On page 92, “Her legs suddenly felt as if they were made of melting
8. At the end of the story, prove that Kate’s fantasy life is actually based
on her real life, instead of serving as a contrast to it.
9. What type of ending would you say this story has? Explain your choice.
Criteria Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Thinking Students showed Students were able Student showed Student showed
little thought in illustrate some some critical critical thinking,
their writing about thinking and thinking and inquiry around the
the short story. inquiry in inquiry in topics of the short
reference to the reference to the story.
short story topics of the short
Communication Student’s writing Students had some Students answered Students showed
-Grammar was difficult to problems with the questions with great skill in
-Spelling read. Problems in their writing that little error in answering the
their writing may have included spelling and questions using
including grammar grammar and or grammar. proper grammar
and or spelling. spelling. and spelling.
Application The overall The overall Students answered Students answered
-Writing answers were too answers to the the questions fully the questions with
short and or were short story and correctly. skill and full effort.
incorrect. questions were They were also all
brief and or had answered
Knowledge Students were not Students showed Students showed Students showed
-Definitions able to illustrate some knowledge good knowledge of full knowledge of
-Literary Terms their knowledge of of definitions and definitions and or definitions and or
definitions and or or literary terms. literary terms. literary terms.