Short Story Unit


Essential Questions
    1. What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?
    2. How do we know how to make good decisions?
    3. How can a person’s decisions and actions change his/her life?
    4. How do the decisions and actions of characters reveal their personalities?
    5. How do decisions, actions, and consequences vary depending on the different perspectives of the people involved?

Objectives/Skills:
      • Identify and explain plot structure (i.e., exposition, rising action, crisis/climax, falling action, resolution) in stories read.
      • Understand and explain why plots in short stories usually focus on a single event.
      • Analyze how authors create the setting in a short story.
      • Define the concept of theme and identify the theme(s) in stories read.
      • Identify and explain characterization techniques in short stories.
      • Identify and explain the use of figurative language in short stories.
      • Analyze how authors create tone in short stories.
      • Identify the point of view in a short story and analyze how point of view affects the reader’s interpretation of the story.
Literary Elements-
      • figurative language
      • character/ization
      • irony (e.g., dramatic, situational, verbal)
      • narrator
      • parable
      • plot (i.e., exposition, rising action, crisis/climax, falling action, resolution/dénouement)
      • point of view
      • sensory Imagery
      • setting
      • style
      • symbol/ism
      • theme
      • time
      • tone
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http://www.slideshare.net/bridiejones/tonemoodwkst

PBS: Literary Elements Video




English I Selections and Nonfiction Companions:

"The Most Dangerous Game" (Richard Connell)
Most Dangerous Neighborhoods
"The Cask of Amontillado" (Edgar Allan Poe)
Lyrics- Alan Parsons Project

  • “The Most Dangerous Game” (Richard Connell)
  • “The Cask of Amontillado” (Edgar Allan Poe) (EA)
  • "The Sniper" (Liam O'Flarherty)

Honors English I:
  • “The Gift of the Magi” (O. Henry) (E)
  • “The Most Dangerous Game” (Richard Connell)
  • “The Cask of Amontillado” (Edgar Allan Poe) (EA)
  • "The Sniper" (Liam O'Flarherty)


ACE STRATEGY UNIT QUESTIONS:

Essay

Select two short stories and write an essay that analyzes how a particular literary element plays a part in the essence and workings of the chosen stories. State thesis clearly and include at least three pieces of evidence to support the thesis. (RL.9-10.1, W.9-10.2) Compose the essay on a computer.
Due Date:

Essay

Select a short story and an artwork and write an essay in which you discuss the use of symbolism in each. State thesis clearly and include at least three pieces of evidence to support the thesis. (RL.9-10.4, W.9-10.2) Compose the essay on a computer.
Due Date:


Art, Music, and Media


Prompt: How do artists create visual narratives in photography and painting?

Art

Media


End of Unit Assessment:
Write your own short story. Your short story should be 1,300-3,000 words in length. Using the materials provided in class, plan your story first by identifying setting, characters, and plot information. Incorporate at least three examples of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification).

You may have the opportunity to enter your short story into the Scholastic Writing Competition.

Due Date:

Common Core Standards Associated with this Unit of Study:
    • These Focus Standards have been selected for the unit from the Common Core State Standards.
      • RL.9-10.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
      • RL.9-10.5: Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
      • W.9-10.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
      • SL.9-10.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • L.9-10.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.