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Novel Study Preflight Checklist

Read a Novel from the Reading List:

Tracback a “map” of your response here.

Short Story Unit Plan

I have a variety of online etexts of classic short stories.
Each story is linked to a discussion forum of the author.
I have a Short Story Study Guide template. I figure this template will suffice for a multi-threaded response from a blog. Design a clear “map” for me to follow for assessment.
I have a list of Critical Questions(each topic linked to a discussion forum as well). Pick and choose whatever question you like to fill out your guide.
I have a page of Focus Questions for the entire course. Choose your overall thematic focus from this list.
I have a bank of exams for each of the short stories (view a sample quiz, oh, you’ll need the hint for the password).

Your Task:
First, work alone on any one story, all your work on one story should be in your own blog(dedicate one post as a “map”). 3 days. Quiz #1: November 14.
Second, work in pairs on another story, all your work must link collaboratively between your two blogs. 3 days. Quiz #2: November 19.
Finally, work alone or in pairs (or larger groups) on a third story, your response can be in an acceptable collaborative format. 3 days. Quiz#3: November 23.


Quiz 20%, Study Guide 80%.(x3)

A novel study and a variety of poems remain as requirements in the course. Diploma Part A: January 15, 2008. The Novel should be done before Christmas break to allow for poetry study in January. Consider extra readings from the reading list.

Trackback your 3 responses here.

Study Guide: Short Story

  1. Helpful Information (4 points)
    • Synthesize author information to help understand aspects of the story.
    • Explain important allusions
    • Link to other resources/critics/comments
  2. Unfamiliar Words (2 points)
    • Give references and contextual clues.
    • Link to online sources.
  3. Plot Summary(2 points)
  4. Theme (6 points)
  5. Main Fiction Elements (6 points)
  6. Personal Evaluation (6 points)
    • Offer a focused personal response to the story.
    • Mention merits and weaknesses.
    • Consider whether the story fulfilled its purpose as well as your own criteria for good stories.
    • Compare/contrast this story with other stories or other media with similar themes.
    • Need a response to story idea?
  7. Answer Critical Questions (4 points)
  8. “Quotable Quotes” (4 points)
    • Provide a list of key quotations.
  9. Publish Study Guide (6 points)
    • Attend to details that enhance the document.
    • Master key functions of productivity software.
  10. Attachments (Extra Credit)
    • Creative Response. Include a creative response (RAFTS, sequel, dramatization, interview, scene, sketch, etc.).
    • Any handouts, quizzes, media, electronic material, etc.

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