- "The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
- "How Much Land Does One Man Need" by Leo Tolstoy
- "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury
- "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid
- "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
- "Ordeal by Cheque" by Wuther Crue
- "This Sacrifice, In My Name (edited)" by Kerin Flatley
- "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway
- "A Father" by Bharati Mukherjee
- "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov
- "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison
Study vocabulary for Thursday's test.
- Compare style (not just theme) to Tolstoy’s story.
- What does this story imply about greed?
- How does Chekhov use setting to develop the mood?
- Why did the banker keep the letter instead of destroy it?
Write your own short story with a developed main character, setting, and plot; 3 underlined vocabulary words; vivid language/style and perfect grammar; and dialogue. You will receive 4 grades for the story (development, vocabulary, style/grammar, and dialogue punctuation). Share it with me and your assigned partner(s) on Google Drive.
- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
- Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
- 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.
- Use technology to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
- Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
- Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
- Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
- Use correct punctuation.