Analysing structure: Ten Minutes’ musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson

This lesson, we will focus on a small section of the short story we have been reading, Ten Minutes’ Musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson, and think about how the writer uses language to communicate particular ideas and effects. You will need a pen and paper.

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Q1.In the title, Ten Minutes' Musing, what does the word "musing" mean?

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Q2.What kind of narrator is used in the story?

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Q3.What is the occupation of the narrator in the story?

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Q4.Alice Dunbar Nelson was a writer and part of a cultural and artistic movement called...

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Q5.Which of the following themes do you think the short story, Ten Minutes' Musing explores?

power

greed

love

human nature

revenge

family

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

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Q1.In the title, Ten Minutes' Musing, what does the word "musing" mean?

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Q2.What kind of narrator is used in the story?

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Q3.What is the occupation of the narrator in the story?

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Q4.Alice Dunbar Nelson was a writer and part of a cultural and artistic movement called...

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Q5.Which of the following themes do you think the short story, Ten Minutes' Musing explores?

power

greed

love

human nature

revenge

family

5/5

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Analysing Structure: Quiz

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Q1.When you analyse structure you should explore...

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Q2.Is this statement true or false? "When you look at the structure of a text you just need to summarise what happens."

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Q3.Which of the statements are true?

The story is set in a school playground.

The story is narrated by the principal.

The writer uses a first-person narrator.

The narrator describes the boys playing football.

The writer uses a combination of internal thoughts and external actions.

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Q4.Sort the events in the story into the correct order.

the narrator describes the “seething mob” in detail, showing the stronger boys trampling on the weak.

the writer introduces a teacher rushing outside to stop a “mob” of boys.

the school bell rings and the story shifts back to the narrator’s reality.

there is a shift in focus from external action to internal thought as the narrator starts "musing"

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Q5.Sort the following methods into language devices and structural devices.

change of focus

metaphors

word choice

sequence of events

powerful verbs

setting

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Analysing Structure: Quiz

Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

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Q1.When you analyse structure you should explore...

1/5

Q2.Is this statement true or false? "When you look at the structure of a text you just need to summarise what happens."

2/5

Q3.Which of the statements are true?

The story is set in a school playground.

The story is narrated by the principal.

The writer uses a first-person narrator.

The narrator describes the boys playing football.

The writer uses a combination of internal thoughts and external actions.

3/5

Q4.Sort the events in the story into the correct order.

the narrator describes the “seething mob” in detail, showing the stronger boys trampling on the weak.

the writer introduces a teacher rushing outside to stop a “mob” of boys.

the school bell rings and the story shifts back to the narrator’s reality.

there is a shift in focus from external action to internal thought as the narrator starts "musing"

4/5

Q5.Sort the following methods into language devices and structural devices.

change of focus

metaphors

word choice

sequence of events

powerful verbs

setting

simile

5/5

Lesson summary: Analysing structure: Ten Minutes’ musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson

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