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-After reading the stories in the unit, select one story to write an analysis of the plot on. Please
answer the following questions about that short short story or fairy tale in one paragraph:
What is the plot of the story and how clear is that plot? How does the plot influence the overall story?

-Both “The Invisible String” and “Swan of the Gods” deal with the question of what connects
us to other people and to the universe? Be it strings we cannot see or stars that we each look
at throughout time, connections are one of the main things that drive human interactions and
help us navigate the world.

-Create your own work of fiction with a clear plot or sequence of events that focuses
on the invisible or visible connections that exist in the world. The story should be no
more than 500 words in length. You may organize the story into however many
paragraphs you would like, but please make sure not to go over 500 words. The
subject of your story is entirely up to you, but please make sure it is appropriate for
an academic setting. Your story should have a main character, a simple conflict,
and some form of a resolution.

Your response should be at least two paragraphs (does not include the title page).
• Your response should have a properly APA formatted title page. The title page template is in
the Unit 1 resources.
• Please use proper APA format if you quote, paraphrase, or summarize the story by including
an in-text citation after the evidence and a reference listed on the References page. Also,
remember to use quotation marks if you include a direct quote.
• The paper should be double spaced with 1-inch margins. Choice of fonts: 11-point Calibri,
11-point Arial,12-point Times New Roman.
• Please be cautious about plagiarism. Make sure to use internal citations for direct quotes,
paraphrases, and new information.

The Invisible String – (americanshortfiction.org)

Swan of the Gods – (americanshortfiction.org)

The Little Match Girl (americanliterature.com)

Little Red Riding Hood (americanliterature.com)

(pick a story)

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