Unit: Short Story 9/10

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Unit Description

This unit explores various short stories and uses them as a vehicle through which students learn the elements of literature, including plot, setting, characterization, conflict, theme, point of view, and irony. Students analyze the stories, look for connections, and use two different elements of literature to write an original comparative essay.


Short Story Lesson 5: Irony and "The Necklace" Resources: 5

Students will be able to... 1.discriminate between the 3 types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic 2. identify the type of irony used in the story 3. analyze characters and critique their motivations.

Short Stories Lesson 1: Understanding dramatic structure Resources: 4

Students will be able to identify the elements of dramatic structure in a short story

Short Stories Lesson 2: Setting and “All Summer in a Day” Resources: 2

students will analyze “All Summer in a Day” for the setting and the effect it has on the story itself; students will apply knowledge of dramatic structure to the story.

Short Stories Lesson 3: Conflict & Characterization in Gary Soto’s “Desire” Resources: 1

Students will understand the 6 different types of conflict found in literature and identify character traits in the protagonist.

Short Story Lesson 4: Theme + Point of View in 2 Gary Soto Stories Resources: 3

Students will analyze 2 short stories for theme and point of view, and begin pre-writing for a comparative essay on them.

Short Story Lesson 6: Irony and "The Gift of the Magi" Resources: 4

Students will be able to analyze the short story for theme and irony

Short Story Lesson 7: Writing workshop Resources: 2

Students will use peer-editing and one-on-one conferencing with the teacher to improve their writing

Short Story Lesson 8: Symbolism + "the Jacket"

Students will understand and identify symbolism in a short story.

Short Story Lesson 9: Symbolism and Comparison

Students will compare 2 stories, with a focus on symbolism, theme and character.

Short Story Lesson 10: In-Class Essay

Students will be able to write an analytical comparative essay within a given amount of time.


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