High School English Supplement: 53 Iconic Short Stories

"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(75)
Each week we will read and discuss an iconic short story. These classics are all "must reads." No rankings, just literary greatness.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
In this course students will…
-determine theme;
-analyze plot and its various phases;
-examine how literary elements affect plot progression, assist in character development, and convey meaning, including: motif, symbol, foreshadowing, echoing, flashback, opposition, metaphor, irony, foil, choice of language; 
-understand the mono-myth (Hero’s Journey), The Heroine’s Journey, The Villain’s Journey, and character archetypes;
-develop an understanding of modern pop-culture.

This course provides opportunities to for students to develop the following skills:
1.Explain the function of character.
2.Explain the function of setting.
3.Explain the function of plot and structure.
4.Explain the function of the narrator or speaker.
5.Explain the function of word choice, imagery, and symbolism.
6.Explain the function of comparison.
7.Develop textually substantiated arguments about interpretations of a portion or whole text.
Credentialed teacher with almost 20 years of experience in education. Certified AP English teacher, forensics coach(speech and debate), with an extensive background in drama.  I have taught in multiple states in the U.S. and spent three years teaching in China.  I am traveler, chef, poet, and storyteller, specializing in writing instruction, literary analysis, creative projects, and above all, building student teacher relationships.
Homework Offered
Students will read each story independently prior to class.
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students are responsible for finding their own copies of the stories to be read and discussed.
While most of these stories are classic literature, they may often contain mature themes.  Parents are always advised to ead and screen all texts prior to student reading, as individual sensibilities may vary.
All stories are listed in the clss description section.  Students are responsible for finding and acquiring their own copies to read.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(75)
"I am not the teacher that you are looking for," as I wave my hand ever so slightly.

I will not fill your students with rainbows and sunshine. I am not super high tech in the computer age. I don't offer fluff and I have no gimmicks. No puppies,... 
Group Class


1x per week
30 min

Completed by 29 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 13-18
1-16 learners per class

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