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1 Short Story Unit Common Core Grade 9

2 Essential Question: Why do we tell stories? Common Core RL : Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Focus Standards RL : 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 : 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 : Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, groups, socratic circles, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 9 topics, texts, and issues, building on other s ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. L : Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. L : Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances of meaning. 1

3 Objectives: 1. Identify and Explain plot structure (i.e. exposition, rising action, crisis/climax, falling action, resolution,) in short stories. 2. Understand and explain why plots in short stories usually focus on just one event. 3. Analyze how authors create setting in a short story. 4. Define the concept of theme and identify the themes in the short stories. 5. Identify and explain characterization techniques in short stories 6. Identify and explain the use of figurative language in short stories. 7. Analyze how authors create tone in a short story. LITERARY TEXTS from Holt Literature book: Foreshadowing The Dangerous Game pgs Dialogue Thank You Ma am pgs Conflicts Marigolds pgs Omniscient Narrator The Interlopers pgs Third-Person Limited Unreliable Narrator pgs The Necklace pgs The Cask of Amontillado Situational Irony The Gift of the Magi pgs Ambiguity The Lady or the Tiger? pgs Symbolism The Scarlet Ibis pgs Theme and Conflict The Sniper pgs Workplace Documents Citing Sources pgs Identify the point of view and analyze how point of view affects the reader s interpretation of the story. 9. Write a coherent essay of literary analysis with a clear thesis statement, at least three pieces of evidence from texts, and a strong introduction and conclusion. 10. Define and refine research questions;cite sources accurately, distinguishing between paraphrasing and quoting. 2

4 INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY WRITING R.L Select a short story and write an essay that analyzes how a particular literary element plays a part in the essence and working of one of the chosen stories. State your thesis clearly and include at least three pieces of evidence to support it. ART/CLASS DISCUSSION S.L , S.L How do artists create narratives? Select two works of art to view as a class. Compare the two works, focusing the discussion on the relationship between character and setting, and on how the artists combined these to suggest a narrative. ART AND INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY WRITING R.L , W , S.L Select a short story and an artwork and write an essay in which you discuss the use of symbolism in each. State your thesis clearly and support your thesis with at least three pieces of evidence. SPEECH R.L , S.L Select a one minute passage form one of the short stories and recite it from memory. Include an introduction that states: What the excerpt is from Who wrote it Which literary element it exemplifies and why SOCRATIC CIRCLE AND WRITING R.L , R.L , S.L , S.L , S.L Is Montressor (from Poe s The Cask of Amontillado ) a reliable narrator? Cite at least three reasons to support your argument. The socratic question may also be used as an essay topic. 3

5 RESEARCH AND INFORMATIVE/EXPLANATORY WRITING R.L , W , W , W S&elect one of the authors from the short unit and conduct an author study. Begin by defining a research question and refine it as necessary. The research should include an autobiographical or biographical text, another story by the same author, and/or a critical essay that addresses a specific aspect of the author s style. Include at least three references to the author s work and to other sources. Cite sources carefully and distinguish clearly between paraphrasing and quoting. GRAMMAR AND USAGE L Parts of Speech Verbs: principal parts of verbs, especially irregular past and past participle; simple, perfect, and progressive tenses; agreement of subject and verb, especially with collective nouns Nouns: common, proper, concrete, abstract, countable, collective, compound, possessive, gerunds Select a paragraph from a short story and identify all the verbs. Name the tense of each you find. Look at a photograph,painting, or magazine advertisement for at least three minutes. On piece of paper, draw two intersecting lines to make four squares ( one for each category:people,places, things, and ideas). In each square, list the nouns by category that you see in the image. Note whether they are abstract or concrete nouns. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Analyzing Irony and Symbolism in a Short Story ( Louisiana Department of Education) Lesson Plans for The Scarlet Ibis ( WebEnglishTeacher) 4

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