Short Fiction and Nonfiction Unit “Mindfulness can have an enormous impact upon your capacity to see clearly, connect more fully, and respond more deeply and compassionately in any situation or moment, whether that situation or moment be a challenging or an enjoyable one.” ~ John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick
Fiction: 1. Students will read "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin as an in-class activity. They will also complete a thesis statement development exercise using the story.
2. Students will read "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Ann Porter. Reading should be completed by the beginning of class Friday, 16 Jan. Students will be divided into 5 groups and each group will be responsible for answering questions and presenting analysis concerning the story. This will take approx. 3 -4 days.
3. Students will read "Everyday Use". Students must have it read by the beginning of class Wednesday,21 January.
4. Students will read "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty. Reading should be complete by the beginning of class Monday, 26 January. We will discuss the work as a class.
5. Students will read “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and complete the associated Reading Questions. Both should be completed by Tuesday, 27 January. Questions will be turned in hard copy.
6. Students will write their own short story. The story must be 750-2000 words, typed and properly formatted. The story must be dropped by Wednesday, 28 January at 4:00pm.
7. Students will have a comprehensive test over all 5 of the short stories study. Students will get a copy of the test in advance so they can study appropriately. They may bring one 3x5 card with handwritten notes into the test. The test will take two days. The test will be given on 30 January and 2 February.
Nonfiction: We will be reading several short works of creative nonfiction. The works we will be reading are as follows:
After our study of these works, students who must take the final exam will write a commentary over a passage from "No Name Woman." The essay will be written in class (16-18 February). The introductory paragraph for student essays will be provided and is as follows:
In this passage from “No Name Woman,” Maxine Hong Kingston imagines what old world China was like, and paints a picture of a repressive, strictly ordered society in which people were essentially unable to have private lives.Everything had to be done for the sake of the family's or village's well- being.In such a world, Kingston's aunt represents the worst kind of transgressor, one whose private lusts disrupted the social order and threatened the very existence of the village. Kingston uses interesting and imaginative stylistic techniques to represent the "circle" or "roundness" of Chinese life and the struggle this creates for both the village and No Name Woman.
***We will continue having pop quizzes over literary terms***