Green Course Text
Course Syllabus
Class questions:
1) What is a short story?
2) Why is it important?
3) What can it tell us about ourselves?
9/13
No starter. Continue reading "Civil Peace" as a group while posing questions.
Watch Sean Penn's 9-11 film short and compare Jonathan's "Nothing puzzles God" comment to Borgnine's "How could we know?"
Homework: Finish reading "Civil Peace" and write a one-page journal response to "Nothing puzzles God."
9/12
Starter: What are the most important literary terms to know for short story study?
List: character (flat, round, static, dynamic), protagonist, antagonist
Begin reading and questioning "Civil Peace"
Watch 9-11 Mexican film short.

9/10
Starter-How can stories scare their readers? Give examples.
Listen to The Lottery on podcast by Shirley Jackson

9/7
Starter: Why is Native American literature so seldom read?
Remind students of summer reading on 9/21
Quiz on "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven"
Discuss stories using six questions from course text.

9/6
Starter: What have been your favorite stories so far and why?
Quiz on "Pigeon Humor"
Watch "Gasman" and discuss story structure
Hand out green books. Read What is a Short Story on page 3. List characteristics on board.
Read student stories "Lullaby" and other. Discuss
Homework: Read "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" and write one-page journal entry.

9/5
Starter: Do stories about teenage themes spark your interest more than traditional stories?
Read a few stories from class and discuss conflict and subject.
Quiz on "Midnight Snack"
Homework: Read "Pigeon Humor" and "Priscilla and the Wimps"
Write a one-page journal entry for each about the most important line.

9/4
Hand out hournals
Write ten-minute story based on magazine photo
Discuss subject, point of view.
Homework:
Type story for reading on Tuesday.
Finish reading "Midnight Snack" and write a one-page journal on either:
1) significance of title
2) most important line

8/31
No class

8/30
Starter: Use New Yorker cover to create story idea.
Review "May I Have Your Autograpsh?" and read responses
Listen and discuss Tobias Wolff's "Bullet in the Brain"

8/29
Starter:
What is a short story? How do we define it?
Read "I, Hungry Hannah Cassandra Glen" on page 2 of Gallo book. Write about important line.
Homework: Read "May I Have Your Autograph?" on page 15 by Marjorie Sharmat. Record an important line explain its significance.

8/28
Course introduction