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The Interlopers by Saki

Teacher Guide by Rebecca Ray

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Student Activities for The Interlopers Include:

When I start off reading a unit of short stories, “The Interlopers” is always my first choice to read. I particularly love teaching this story because of the inferences that can be drawn, and the connections to the conflict that arise. Although, the ending could be read as a cliffhanger, it is safe to say that there isn't a happy ending for these two characters.

By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards like the ones below!




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A Quick Synopsis of “The Interlopers”

"The Interlopers" is set in the Carpathian Mountains, with two feuding men, Ulrich and Georg, searching for one another. These two adversaries are involved in a land dispute that goes back three generations, when the land was claimed by Ulrich's family. Ulrich, assuming that Georg is poaching on his land, goes out in search of him with the intent to shoot him. However, when the men come face to face, fate intervenes and a large tree falls on the men, trapping them. While trapped, they initially argue about whose men will arrive first to save their master and kill the other. However, Ulrich offers Georg some wine, and attempts to reconcile with him. After some discussion, the men reconcile and begin to yell together in unison for help. When Ulrich hears noises, he is relieved men are running to help them. However, the story ends with Ulrich stating that the figures running towards them were not men, but wolves.


Essential Questions for “The Interlopers”

  1. How do outsiders affect your decisions?
  2. Is it alright to dislike someone because your family dislikes them?

The Interlopers Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

The Interlopers Plot Diagram


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A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.

Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a story with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.



Example "The Interlopers" Plot Diagram

Exposition

The setting is the Carpathian woods on a snowy night.


Major Inciting Conflict

Two men, Ulrich and Georg, involved in a family feud are out searching for one another when a tree falls on them, trapping them in the woods.


Rising Action

The men argue about whose servants will arrive first to save their master and kill the other man. After some time, Ulrich attempts to reconcile with Georg and offers some wine.


Climax

Georg accepts Ulrich’s offer to be friends, and the men reconcile.


Falling Action

They decide to call for help together.


Resolution

No one will ever know the men have reconciled; instead of men coming to help them, a pack of wolves rush towards them.


The Interlopers Plot Diagram

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Student Instructions

Create a visual plot diagram of "The Interlopers".


  1. Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  2. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
  3. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.



Story Outline Storyboard Template

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Visual Vocabulary for The Interlopers


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Another great way to engage your students is with storyboards that use vocabulary from "The Interlopers". Here are a few vocabulary words commonly taught with the short story, and an example of a visual vocabulary board.

Example “The Interlopers” Vocabulary

  • reconcile
  • interloper
  • poach
  • precipitous
  • languor
  • acquiesced
  • pestilential
  • endeavors
  • gabble
  • cached
  • bracken
  • succor

In the vocabulary board, students can choose between coming up with their use of the vocabulary word, finding the specific example from the text, or depicting the definition without words.

The Interlopers - Vocabulary

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in “The Interlopers” by creating visualizations.


  1. Choose three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the vocabulary word.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



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Types of Conflict in The Interlopers


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Literary conflicts are often taught during ELA units. Building on prior knowledge to achieve mastery level with our students is important. An excellent way to focus on the various types of literary conflict is through storyboarding. Having students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict it using the storyboard creator is a great way to reinforce your lesson! In “The Interlopers”, both internal and external conflicts can be found.


Examples of Literary Conflict from “The Interlopers”

MAN vs. SELF

Ulrich’s must overcome his own pride and stubbornness to offer Georg some wine.


MAN vs. SOCIETY

Georg and Ulrich must ignore the 'interlopers', outsiders who would try to interfere with their reconciling.


MAN vs. MAN

Ulrich and Georg start by being bitter enemies, set on killing each other over land.


MAN vs. NATURE

The two men are trapped under a birch tree, which thwarts both of their efforts to kill the other.


The Interlopers - Literary Conflict

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in “The Interlopers”.


  1. Identify conflicts in “The Interlopers”.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.



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