‘They’re Made Out of Meat’

17 Jul

Students often find it difficult to come up with an interesting angle or approach when trying to write a short story.  As such, I am always looking for examples of short stories that offer new perspectives, explore exciting subjects, and have the potential to inspire students to take risks in their writing.  One such story is Terry Bisson’s ‘They’re Made Out of Meat‘.

This short story allows us to access an alien encounter.  The twist, however, is that it is from the perspective of the aliens who, as it turns out, do not have an awfully high opinion of humans.  In fact, they refer to humans as “meat.”

I would use this story as an exemplar in a lesson where the focus was encouraging students to write from different and unexpected perspectives.

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