Bring contemporary fiction into your secondary or college/university classroom with Carve in the Classroom.
“Schadenfreude” by Melanie Kokolios is a story about the power of stories. In this flash fiction piece, the author interweaves the tale of a woman’s tragic loss with compelling commentary on how we as readers experience fiction. As Irene begins to come to terms with the mysterious loss of her son, Ian, the reader, through the provocative use of the second person point of view, begins to understand that one of the great and perhaps perverse pleasures of fiction is that it allows us to feel better about our own situations as we live through the ill fortune of others. “Schadenfreude” is both flash fiction and metafiction at its best.
LESSON PLAN INCLUDES:
-detailed "about the author"
-interactive opening activity
-content & craft discussion questions
-expository and creative writing prompts
-literary connections with other works
-connect with the author information
Read or listen to the story online at http://carvezine.com/2011-spring-kokolios/