This standards-based product contains a two-column, Cornell notes style presentation of the Ernest Hemingway story "A Very Short Story" along with close reading prompts focused on characterization and making inferences. The prompts reference bolded portions of the story in order to focus student reading on specific words and phrases for analysis.
This exercise demonstrates how much meaning can be derived from the seemingly smallest details using Hemingway's "iceberg theory" to illustrate that most of the "hidden" meaning in a text can be "revealed" through careful examination of its surface.
Note: This story is for more mature readers (PG-13) due to references to sexuality and alcohol and use of a scatological joke (it is Hemingway, after all). It is not appropriate for middle school. This would work best with juniors/seniors or VERY mature, high level (Honors/Advanced Placement) freshmen/sophomores.