In this unit, you will explore great works of American literature and consider how writers reflect the time period in which they write. You will write two literary analysis papers and also work in groups to research and develop anthologies of excellent American stories.
Close reading of the texts in this unit will help you answer these Guiding Questions:
- 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 do these stories reflect the era or decade in which they were written?
- To what extent are the themes they address universal?
- Introduction to the Short Story
Lesson 2Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart`
Lesson 3Point of View`
Lesson 4Developing Plot`
- Class, Race, and Identity
Lesson 5Dialogue and Speech`
Lesson 6Race and Identity in America`
Lesson 8Identity and Persona Across Genres`
Lesson 9Role of the Female Protagonist`
Lesson 10Compare and Contrast Two Main Characters`
Lesson 11Peer Review: Short Essays`
Lesson 12Analytical Essays`
- Symbol and Motif
Lesson 13Images and Slogans of the American Dream`
Lesson 14Symbol and Motif`
Lesson 15Cheever's Use of Symbol and Motif`
- "The Things They Carried"
Lesson 17Read and Annotate`
Lesson 18Interpretation of Symbols`
Lesson 19Dialectical Journal`
Lesson 20Elements of Grammar`
Lesson 21Essay Structure`