Short Story Index

Performance Indicators:

P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.
E. Annotate the text.

P.S ELA-3 Reading Craft and Structure: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of a text.

A. Understand SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone
B. Analyze the plot and/or design of the text, following shifts in time and place.


The short stories assigned below constitute the reading for the remainder of the first quarter.  Each story may be annotated as you desire; the link included outlines the recommended concepts that you are encouraged to explore as you read:  Short Story Summary Guidelines.  Along with the Short Story Literary Terms, the guidelines will serve as the foundation for analyzing the short stories.

Group 1 Stories
The Ledge 
by Lawrence Sargent Hall
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
The Stone Boy by Gina Berriault
All the People Were Mean and Bad by Lucy Caldwell

Group 2 Stories

A&P by John Updike
Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor

Group 3 Stories

Death in the Woods by Sherwood Anderson
Harrison Bergeron
by Kurt Vonnegut
The Laughing Man by J.D. Salinger

Group 4 Stories

The Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce