Per 5 Short Stories

Over the next few weeks, we will be reading short stories.  We will work on our annotating skills, crafting reading responses that demonstrate our understanding of the text, discussion skills, and understanding of theme.  Below, you will find readings and handouts.

Essential Questions
  • In what ways do our experiences shape our identities?
  • To whom do we have responsibility: ourselves; our family; our community; our society; or humanity?
  • How do we remain authentic to ourselves while managing the expectations of others?

What you should be able to do as a result of this unit:

  • Demonstrate an exceptional ability to annotate by utilizing all types of margin notes
  • Articulate an understanding of the text as a whole, using examples from the text to support your understanding
  • Understand “theme” and identify a theme in a piece of literature
  • Discuss and support ideas about a character’s change
  • Identify literary elements, such as figurative metaphor, simile, and allusion,  and discuss an author’s purpose in using literary elements

Final Assignment

  • Literary analysis essay about one of the short stories

Thurs 9/19
*Who Are You? Essays Drafts Due

Overview of unit and essential questions

QW: Write about a time you felt like an outsider. Describe the situation, the other people, setting, and your emotional state at the time.

Annotation expectations

During the course of the story, the narrator undergoes a transformation.  What evidence best supports the notion that the character changes?  What is the nature of that change, and what are the key catalysts for this change?

Reading and annotating “The Dungeon Master” to the break in page 7

  • What is the narrator like in the beginning?
  • Find and analyze three quotes to support
  • What is the Dungeon Master like in the beginning?
  • Find and anlayze three quotes to support

HW:  finish reading and annotating “The Dungeon Master”  to page 7

Fri 9/20
Initial ideas about the narrator

Use the questions below to help guide your thinking

  • How does the narrator and Dungeon Master develop? Who are they in the middle?  Who are they at the end?
  • Where are there moments of change?
  • What are the catalysts for change?

HW: Finish reading and annotating “The Dungeon Master”

Mon 9/23
Reviewing “The Dungeon Master”

  • What is this story about?
  • What are your thoughts about the story?
  • How did the narrator change?

Group visual representation that addresses the following:

  • During the course of the story, the narrator undergoes a transformation.  What evidence best supports the notion that the character changes?  What is the nature of that change, and what are the key catalysts for this change?

Tues 9/24
Finish visual representation

Overview of Metaphor, Simile, and Allusion

Summarizing Fairy Tales

  • 3 Little Pigs
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Pied Piper

Wed 9/25
What is a theme in the story?  Analyze how Oates uses literary elements such as metaphor, imagery, motif, and/or symbolism to effectively develop that theme?

Reviewing fairy tales

  • Identifying patterns of similes
    • What do the similes lead you to understand about Arnold?
  • Discussing the relationships found with the similes used

HW:  finish reading and annotating “Where are you going…” to the bottom of page 7

Thurs 9/26
Looking at characterization and patterns

QW: How do you act in situations in which you have no control?

What is the theme of the short story? How does Oates use literary elements such as allusion, metaphor, imagery, motif, and/or symbolism to effectively develop the theme of the story?

  • Thesis should contain literary element & statement about theme
  • Use quotes from the text to show how theme is developed

HW: Re-read and annotate “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” for patterns – allusions and similes

Fri 9/27
Drop

Tues 10/1
Outlining the response on theme

What is the theme of the short story? How does Oates use literary elements such as allusion, metaphor, imagery, motif, and/or symbolism to effectively develop the theme of the story?

  • Thesis should contain literary element & statement about theme
  • Use quotes from the text to show how theme is developed

Wed 10/2
Sophomore Reading Benchmark – MC

Thurs 10/3
Sophomore Reading Benchmark –   Response

Fri 10/5
Reviewing theme response “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

Starting “War Years”

HW: finish reading and annotating “War Years”  to the bottom of page 64

Mon 10/7 
Finish reading and annotating “War Years”

Answer questions on google doc on classroom

HW: Finish annotations and questions

Tues 10/8
“War Years” discussion

Wed 10/9
No school

Thurs 10/10
Writing the “War Years” response

HW:  Revising the “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” Response

Fri 10/11
Drop

Mon 10/14 – Thurs 10/17
Revising the personal essay and conferencing

Due Thurs 10.17

Fri 10/18
Writing the Learning Reflection

Mon 10/21
Reading “The Beauty Treatment” and annotating for character change and theme

Tues 10/22
Learning stations on “The Beauty Treatment”

  • Does the main character change by the end of the story or does she remain static?
  • Where are moments where the narrator might be sincere or expose her “real” attitude toward a subject?  What do you think is going on there?
  • Why does Katie the B do it?  Or at least what does the narrator seem to suggest may be the real cause?
  • What do you think the author, Stacey Richter, is suggesting about materialism?
  • What patterns did you notice in the story?  What might these patterns suggest?

HW:  Choose one of the questions from today’s discussion and write a response using evidence from the text.  This response should take no longer than 25 minutes.

Wed 10/23
Drop

Thurs 10/24

  • Why write a literary analysis?
  • What do you know about literary analysis writing?

Watching and taking notes on the Types of Literary Analysis Essays

Choosing story and question and then writing in your notebook

HW:  Finish video and notes or choosing the story and question with writing

Fri 10/25
Creating a working thesis

Mon 10/28
Continuing on outlining/drafting

Visit Writing Center as necessary

Tues 10/29
Conferencing and outlining/drafting

Wed 10/30
Conferencing and outlining/drafting

Thurs 10/31
Peer Review

Fri 11/1
Draft due Monday