Quick Write: The American Short Story

Essay Response Quick Write


  • Now that you have read the essay, revisit the question "What qualities do short stories possess?" Use evidence from the essay in your response.

Next, consider the Guiding Questions for this unit and discuss them with your class.

  • If you were to write a short story about this decade, what issues might you focus on?
  • What defines a short story? Just length?
  • To what extent to these stories reflect the era or decade in which they were written?
  • To what extent are the themes they address universal?

You'll revisit these questions at the end of the unit.