Units of Study
This course includes a total of 25 classes, divided into five units of study. The first five meetings will focus on the analysis of the elements of short fiction and, just as importantly, will involve improving students’ familiarity with the discussion-based method of traditional English instruction. The second five sessions will focus on grammatical and stylistic writing techniques, with writing assignments focused on close reading of passages from the text. The third set of five sessions will focus on close reading skills, providing concrete instruction on annotation techniques. The fourth set of sessions will focus on creative writing techniques and personal writing, and the last five sessions will focus on writing an analytic composition on two selected short stories, the final project for the course. For all essays, students will practice using MLA style and formatting requirements.