Reading and Discussion
Reading and Discussing Short Fiction
Thu. 2nd. Period Liuswati Yanagi
Keywords:
Discussion, Intensive Reading, Literature, Speaking, Vocabulary

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.

Students are expected to read the story and do homework assigned. You will discuss your interpretation of the stories in a group during the class.

Please note that using Smartphones are not allowed during the class, and students are required to bring a dictionary to class.


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: 20%
Assignments: 30%
Final Assessment: 24%


1

Orientation

2

Understanding Literary Terms

3

Fable: The Unicorn in the Garden by James Thurber

4

Gaston by William Saroyan

5

Gaston by William Saroyan (continued)

6

Gaston by William Saroyan (continued)

7

Love by Jesse Stuart

8

Love by Jesse Stuart (continued)

9

Love by Jesse Stuart (continued)

10

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

11

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (continued)

12

Satire

13

Review

14

Final Assessment

15