Advanced Placement Short Story
Advanced Placement Short Story helps teachers use short fiction to incorporate extra challenge and enjoyment into advanced placement and honors English classes. Through short stories, students can absorb a panorama of styles, subjects, characters, conflicts, themes, and points of view quickly and intensely. This unit integrates a variety of approaches to appeal to diverse learning styles and to stimulate classroom vitality. Lessons maximize students’ ability to read and write critically and effectively. This unit can be used independently or in combination with a short story anthology.
Seven complete stories are included on reproducible handouts. The stories are highly diverse in subject matter, theme, and style.
- "Little Things” by Raymond Carver is a hard-hitting story of family violence.
- “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is a moving portrait of a woman’s life.
- “The Door” by E. B. White presents a nightmare of disorientation and frustration.
- “The Trout” by Sean O’Faolain shares a gentle, poetic story of a young girl maturing.
- Who’s Passing for Who?” by Langston Hughes treats racial issues with ironic humor.
- “The Bill” by Bernard Malamud is a grim story of poverty, guilt, and hopelessness.
- “The Fly” by Katherine Mansfield presents a man’s grief and anger over the death of his son.
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About the Series:
English & Language Arts curriculum units contain complete lesson plans with preliminary and follow-up work, teacher notes with background and rationale, ready-to-use worksheets, and suggested answers for student questions. These materials encourage the development of thinking , reading, speaking, research, and writing skills as well as critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Students briefly review key terms and concepts in preparation for in-depth analysis of a variety of elements, including characterization, theme, style, and symbolism. Activities take students beyond read-discuss-write routines. Lessons include opportunities to practice advanced placement-type questions, both multiple choice and essay.