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A World of Short Stories
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: No

A World of Short Stories introduces the cultural context of literature from around the globe to developing readers. In this course, students will read high-interest short stories dealing with universal themes. Pre-reading, journal exploration, and follow-up questioning provide focus on vocabulary and comprehension, as well as cultural and literary appreciation. Students are expected to keep an active reader's notebook to gain and improve skills in critical reading. This course is a perfect follow-up to Introduction to Short Stories, but it can also be enjoyed on its own.

It is recommended that students successfully complete English 10 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define the phrase “short story” in order to understand its history and development as a genre.
  • Analyze the concepts of critical reading and critical thinking.
  • Examine the term “theme” and the phrase “coming of age” to cultivate background knowledge. 
  • Define the literary element of conflict.
  • Synthesize an autobiographical narrative outline.
  • Utilize sensory details to convey a vivid picture of an experience using descriptive language.

 Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine plot and the five elements that constitute a strong plot line. 
  • Define and discover the literary devices of plot twist, tension, suspense, surprise ending, symbolism, and foreshadowing.
  • Analyze the elements of a strong, convincing, three-point thesis statement.
  • Gather literary textual evidence to support an analysis of symbolism within a selected text.
  • Identify the necessity of MLA style guidelines in order to avoid plagiarizing others’ works.
  • Distinguish between paraphrasing, direct quotations, and parenthetical citations.

 Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze the definitions of satire and allegory.
  • Define irony and discuss verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony.
  • Define parody as a literary technique for satirizing an idea, an object, or a person.
  • Define emotional appeal as a method used by authors to gain acceptance of an issue, an argument, or an idea.
  • Define rhetoric and identify common rhetorical devices.
  • Define propaganda and the different techniques used to persuade the public opinion through author detail. 

 Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine the feminist genre.
  • Examine the social and cultural theory of Karl Marx.
  • Examine postcolonialism.
  • Recognize the three basic aspects of conducting proper research, including primary research, secondary research, and careful note-taking.
  • Explain how to structure sources into a properly-formatted, alphabetized Works Cited page.
  • Compose a research essay that focuses on a chosen topic, supports any arguments with credible outside references, and offers new theories on the topic.

Course Materials

*This course is textbook free.

**NCAA approved