READ:

"The Shining Houses" Alice Munro

"Touching Bottom" Kari Strutt

"On the Rainy River" Tim O'Brien

TOPICS COVERED
  • Critical analysis- looking at the textual elements such as imagery, characters, setting, symbols, issues, themes... events...
  • Archetype: identifying literary archetypes, applying archetypal meaning to text, understanding the function of archetype and connection to theme
  • New Critical theory: analysis of a text by looking only at the significance of its literary elements, the relationships between these elements, and how they function to unify a text in support of its central purpose (or to bring forward a theme); identifying patterns
  • The application of New Critical theory to a short story
  • The application of Jungian analysis (archetype) to a short story
  • Essay writing: distinguishing topic and subject matter from theme - composing an introduction with a solid thesis and a 'map' of the supporting arguments
  • coherence; arguing to defend an interpretation, rather than proving facts; integrating quotations that defend the argument; in defense of the more-than-five-paragraphs essay

DUE DATES:
TERMS QUIZ: JULY 4 (THURS)
Short Story In-class Diagnostic: JULY 4 (Period 4)
ESSAY IN-CLASS: JULY 5 (FRIDAY) PERIOD 3

Handouts for the short story unit: Short Story Unit Terms
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OPEN THIS DOCUMENT AND CLICK ON THE LINKS TO SEE THE YOUTUBE CLIPS ABOUT ARCHETYPE AND THE HERO MYTH.

Essay writing handouts: Refer to the Blue Book for detailed explanations on answering essay questions...