Quick Write: The American Short Story

Essay and Analysis

Work Time

Working independently, read and annotate the first three paragraphs of the essay “In Praise of the American Short Story.”

Then share your understanding of the essay so far in your small group.

Answer the following questions, using evidence from the text to support your answers.

  • What, according to the writer, is “wrong” with the common view of the short story?
  • Who has this view? Why?
  • What qualities do short stories possess?
  • What words or phrases in the essay did you not know or understand?

Open Notebook

Share your ideas and insights with the full class.