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Analyzing Short Stories - Chapter Summary
Use these quick lessons as a way to introduce students to such short stories as ''The Gift of the Magi,'' ''The Lottery,'' and more. The lessons cover the elements that comprise a short story, and each story is presented such that the student is able to analyze and fully appreciate it. Brightly written, engaging and easy to follow, our lessons are designed to make learning fun. Students can check themselves using the lesson quizzes and chapter test, and monitor their overall progress on the Dashboard. By the time students have completed the chapter, they should know how to:
- Define and describe the elements of a short story
- Summarize and analyze ''The Gift of the Magi'' by O. Henry
- Describe and explain ''The Lottery'' by Shirley Jackson
- Evaluate and discuss Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ''The Yellow Wallpaper''
1. Elements of a Short Story
When you read a short story, have you ever stopped to think about its main elements? This lesson discusses the five main elements of a short story, including characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.
2. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: Summary, Theme & Analysis
This lesson covers O. Henry's famous short story, ''The Gift of the Magi.'' We'll cover the story's plot, analyze some of its major themes, and finish with a brief quiz.
3. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Analysis
'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson, a twisted tale of village culture, has been thrilling audiences for three generations. In this lesson, we'll review this classic short story from 1948 and analyze the thematic elements.
4. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. We will consider the ways in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses the story to communicate about her own difficult experiences post-birth. Additionally, we will discuss her use of fiction as a vehicle to reveal what she felt was the less-than-equal existence of women during the 19th century.
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