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AP Short Story Unit

Literary Analysis and the Short Story – approx.. 3 weeks

Students will use Perrine’s Literature to take notes on point of view, structure, characterization, humor, irony, and theme.  Students will read the following stories:


In-class Reading” From Beowulf

Background on Beowulf: Introduction Beowulf

Anglo-Saxon Intro PPt

Characteristics of the Epic Hero

“Beowulf” excerpts from the English IV text beowulf-holt-mcdougal

Canterbury Tales – Chaucer

Background: The Middle Ages notes

Questions for the Tales – Canterbury Tales Guided Reading Questions Freeman


  Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Pilgrimage Lesson Plan – Lesson plan to go with the Prologue

Wife of Bath Tale

Shorter Excerpt of Wife of Bath – The Wife of Bath

The Pardoners Tale

Gulliver’s Travels

“Gulliver’s Travels” excerpts from the English IV text – Gulliver’s Travels

Assorted Short Stories:

“The Stranger” by Camus CAMUS, Albert – The Stranger

“Rose for Emily” by Faulkner  A Rose for Emily text

“Metamorphosis” by Kafka  The Metamorphosis text

“Desiree’s Baby” by Chopin Desirees Baby text

“Eveline” by Joyce  Eveline text

“Araby” by Joyce   Araby text

During the unit, students will complete timed essays using released AP Lit exam prompts and prose prompts on specific short stories, create analytical questions on specific rhetorical and syntactical devices, participate in Socratic seminars, participate in fishbowl discussions, annotate texts, and take a test on literary terms.

Students will also continue to work on their Graduation Project product and e-portfolio,

Unit Essay: Students will write two college entrance narrative essays at home and complete student workshops and revision in class.

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