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Readings in the Short Story

Course NumberLIT 221W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. The student will read selected short stories of British, American, and other authors in addition to increasing one's understanding of this relatively modern form, the student will explore ways in which the short story is personally meaningful in depicting our perception of ourselves and the world in which we live. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify different types of stories by common elements
  1. Classify such types as folk tales, comic stories, and realistic fiction.
  2. Read and analyze new stories for literary type by themselves.

Analyze stories through recognition of their literary techniques
  1. Identify particular uses in stories of literary devices, such as metaphor and symbol.
  2. Compose an analytical paper explaining the craft of a story.

Interpret the "meanings" of stories, based on their understanding of thematic considerations
  1. Assemble the various elements of the story to synthesize a particular interpretation.
  2. Summarize their understanding of a story's meaning and compose their interpretation in a paper.

Integrate the world of the story with their own world as they perceive it
  1. Identify parallels between the fictional world as the story presents it and reality.
  2. Judge by applicability the "truths" of the story to their understanding of the world and themselves.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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