Short Fiction (English 12 elective)

The wonderful short story writer Flannery O’Connor once said, “A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way.” I totally agree. Short stories aren’t “real,” but they teach us a great deal about people and life. In this half-year course, we will read (at least) four short stories and analyze them. Students will work on expressing their analyses in writing and explaining how authors use literary elements to improve their stories.

The stories we will read are:

  • "The Last Night of the World" by Ray Bradbury
  • "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" by Raymond Chandler
  • "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara
  • "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

Short Fiction Syllabus and Grading Policy