Education Technology

NCTE: Collaborating on Flashback

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Using a short story of the teacher's choosing, the students will identify and analyze flashback. With the teacher's assistance, the students will then evaluate how flashback is used to add to the meaning and literary merit of the story.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Review the terms flashback and chronological order. Refer to the Analyzing Flashback transparency from Activity 1 as a form of quick review. Tell the students that today they will read a short story (or stories) and analyze it using the same method they practiced in Activity 1.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Comprehend the terms flashback and chronological order.
  • Examine a short story to analyze the use of flashback.
  • Develop their own examples of flashback.
  • Identify and evaluate the use of flashback in professional models and peer writing.
  • After the Activity

    When the small groups are finished and each student has a copy of his or her group's file, reconvene the class. The teacher should lead a class discussion in which the students share their responses and compare and contrast responses between the small groups. The teacher and students should critique the responses for accuracy and to clarify concepts. Use this analysis to help students clarify and thoroughly understand flashback as developed in the stories they analyzed.

    As a final class activity, lead a critique of the author's use of flashback as a way to clarify current events and add to the meaning of the story. Discuss how flashback contributes to the literary craft and merit of story.