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Teaching the Short Story: Principles and Applications
This course examines selected short stories spanning from the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century in the context of how teachers might most effectively teach the works to students from K-7 through K-12. Each story exemplifies one pronounced achievement of craft from a section in a book for teachers, Impact: 50 Short Stories. Students of this course will work on how to teach short stories through the lens of each major element of fiction: “Tales with a Twist,” “Turning Points,” “The Heart of the Matter,” “Plot,” “Character,” “Setting,” “Point of View,” “Tone,” “Theme,” and “Total Effect.” The course explores how teachers can generate fruitful, imaginative discussions of ideas in the classroom. It offers teachers an opportunity to brainstorm on how they would build upon or replace, the educational approaches to the stories mapped out in the text. The pleasure and challenge of this course lies in finding new ways to show the relevance of classic stories to students’ lives in a postmodern age that all too often forgets the importance of history.
a. Show an understanding of the ways in which language, story, character, imagery, reason, tone and theme function in the selected short fiction.
b. Show knowledge of how each story exemplifies a particular characteristic of craft in fiction.
c. Evaluate the potential effectiveness of the classroom exercises.
e. Imagine creative ways of teaching the selected short stories.
f. Use the classroom exercises in the book as a starting-point for your own lesson plans or generate different ideas, explaining why you feel that they are more appropriate than the ones proposed in the book.
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