This course will focus on an intensive study of the American short story. The reading ranges from works by Washington Irving, Hawthorne, and Poe, to contemporary writers like Sandra Cisneros, ZZ Packer, and Helena Maria Viramontes. Many other major American authors will also be studied, including Chopin, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Wright, and Baldwin. The course will consider a variety of thematic perspectives in American short stories. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of American short fiction, including plot, character, theme, symbolism, irony, and setting.
- Write about literature in a meaningful, thoughtful way, carefully examining the intent of the authors as well as the interpretations made by readers.
- Articulate a vision of American life as seen through the eyes of the authors studied in the course.
- Demonstrate an understanding of traditions and themes in American literature.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of literary criticism.
- Articulate written analysis of literature.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (weeks 1-8)
8 @ 25 = 200
|Journals (weeks 1, 3, 6, 8)|
4 @ 25 = 100
Essay #1 (due week 4)
Final Essay (due week 7)
- This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are at little or no cost for students.
- Links for the readings will be provided within the weekly content folders.
Readings and Exercises
Loss of Innocence/Natural Healing
Public Perception/Beauty Standards
Public Perception/Beauty Standards (continued)
Myths Beliefs/Good vs Evil/Transformation
Final Essay Drafting, Peer Review and Revision
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.