Quick Write: The American Short Story

Intro to Unit Accomplishments

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Read the Unit Accomplishments.

  • As a class, you will read a number of American short stories that reflect the social and cultural landscape of America in different time periods. This reading will complement your study of 19th, 20th- and 21st-century American history.
  • You will choose works for your own exploration of ideas and insights about American literature and culture.
  • In groups, you will explore short stories from an assigned historical period.
  • After researching and reading several authors from the assigned historical period, your group will choose four short stories for a class anthology.
  • With your group, you will design and deliver a multimedia presentation about the authors and ideas reflected in the writings of your assigned era.
  • Each individual in the group will write and submit an analysis essay about how two of the stories reflect the social and cultural landscape of America in different time periods.
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