Writing
Summarizing Short Fiction
Thu. 3rd. Period Liuswati Yanagi
Keywords:
Culture, Extensive Reading, Intensive Reading, Literature, Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing

This class is suitable for students (with TOEFL scores between  450-500) who enjoy reading, feel challenged to analyze the stories, and use imagination to write further to develop the stories. The selections chosen for this class are taken from the work of famous writers. Students will read short fictions ranging from 500 to 3,000 words that are appropriate in content and vocabulary, engaging and relatively easy to comprehend. Selections include authors with diverse cultural and ethnic background, and protagonists with variety of moods, styles, and subjects, and themes.


Main Objectives:

  • Build a larger & stronger vocabulary
  • Explore, comprehend, and analyze short fictions
  • Formulate and support interpretation of the readings
  • Build analytical writing skills in response to the readings

Other Objectives

  • Expose students to diverse cultural perspectives
  • Develop figurative language skills (imagery, metaphor, simile, irony, etc.)
  • Exercise critical thinking in analyzing & interpreting short stories
  • Interact and communicate in small groups when going through step-by-step analysis of the stories


Attendance: 13%
Participation: 13%
Quiz: 24%
Assignments: 30%
Final Assessment: 20%


1

Orientation

2

Understanding Literary Terms / The Elements of Fiction

3

Fable - The Unicorn in the Garden by James Thurber

4

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

5

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin cont.

6

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

7

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant cont.

8

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant cont.

9

Compare and Contrast the Main Characters

10

Satire - How to be an American by Miklos Vamos

11

Satire - How to be an American by Miklos Vamos cont.

12

Satire - How to be an American by Miklos Vamos cont.

13

Review

14

Final Assessment

15