In this unit of study, we read different short stories and articles, focusing on literary devices such as tone, mood, similes, metaphors, personification, etc...
We also gain skills in writing paragraphs. Focusing on the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning format which helps us clearly state why we are writing, how we know what we know, and how we are using that knowledge to make a statement or prove a point. We will use this format to answer short questions about literature using multiple sentences and not just answering with one or two words. Practicing making a complete thought including evidence and reasoning will not only help us write essays, but organize our thoughts in a way that is intelligent and articulate when we communicate with our peers and superiors. We will practice this type of writing over many questions over many stories and may find the adjustment difficult, but in the long run we benefit from the close study of writing short pieces and will find writing long pieces not as difficult as we used to imagine.
- "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan
- A Chinese American girl feels embarrassed by her family during dinner.
- "Life Isn't Fair -- Get Used to It" by Mike Myatt
- According to columnist Mike Myatt "Fair is a state of mind, and most often, an unhealthy one."
- "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
- A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
- "Lobo, The King of Currumpaw" by Ernest Seton Thompson
- A man attempts to bring down the biggest, most cunning would in northern New Mexico.
- "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury
- A man travels back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
- "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich
- The narrator describes their mother's life and past career as a trapeze performer.
- The Butterfly Circus a short film by Joshua Wigel
- A man believes that his disability makes him incapable of much until he joins the Butterfly Circus