Introduction by David Arenstam
Thank you for inviting me to be
a small part of your year in
school. For as long as I can
remember, I have been in love
with stories and literature and
I'm proud to call myself a
novelist and teacher. I hope
you enjoy my work as we get to
know each other a little better.
David Arenstam was born in the foothills of the Berkshires in
Massachusetts and raised by the sea in Plymouth, but he has
spent most of his adult life along the shores of the Saco River
in Maine. After starting and running a small data processing
and software firm for nearly 20 years, he found his real
passion and voice in teaching and writing.
Never one to really sit still, over the years he has studied
Mathematics, Literature, Education, writing, and many other
forms of technology. As he often tells his students, “the world
just might be the greatest classroom you’ll ever enter. Take a
minute and look around, you’ll be surprised at what you see
and the lessons you’ll learn.”
Arenstam is a proud faculty member at Thornton Academy,
and writes stories regularly for local newspapers, magazines,
and online media companies. Along the way, he continues to
study and most recently completed a graduate degree in
journalism at Harvard. His first novel, "Homecoming: A
soldier's story of loyalty, courage, and redemption" will be
published this year, along with a collection short stories.
Arenstam’s books and stories may be found at Amazon.com
and many of the local bookstores.
• Analyze the excerpt.
• Define the genre of this
short story. What are
the major elements of
this genre? Can you find
them in this excerpt.
• Jot down your notes on
• Prepare questions about
His creative process,
The excerpt you have studied…
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