Do you remember the story of ‘Little red riding hood’ that you would have read when you were very young or for that matter ‘Rapunzel’? What is that which attracted you to these stories so much that you still remember them? They were stories that usually had big pictures and were short. Believe it or not, short stories have their own special place in the world of story telling.
Why do we read short stories? Well, for one, each one has less and less time on their hands. So I would much rather settle for being satiated in lesser time. The short stories gives us a temporary escape that we need in our busy lives. Short stories are not only a great way to get people to start reading or for people who prefer their electronic gadgets to picking up a book, but reading a short story is like having a short dip in the pool of bliss. As we get lost in the story, little do we realize how time passes by.
Reading stories like what I had mentioned earlier, we get acquainted with words such as hood, snips, craftily, scarcely, appeased, grey-beard, trough, nosegay and many more. Rapunzel reminds us of the enchantress, rampion, tresses, braids….etc.
Apart from that we take a notice of how different characters express their thoughts and the different dialects that they use. We also observe the use of grammatical forms and punctuation marks to have an accurate interpretation of the text.
Once we become the storyteller, we use the language skills that we have picked up unconsciously while reading. That’s how we learn.