SRJC Course Outlines

11/29/2023 6:29:07 AMENGL 7 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 7Title:  INTRO SHORT STORY  
Full Title:  Introduction to the Short Story
Last Reviewed:2/6/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled013 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An introduction to the genre of the short story, including the elements of the form: narration, point of view, character, plot and metaphorical language.

Completion of ENGL 1A or higher (V8)

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to the genre of the short story, including the elements of the form: narration, point of view, character, plot and metaphorical language.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 1A or higher (V8)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1991
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesSpring 1992
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1993
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1991Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1991Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyze and critique assigned short stories and literary criticism;
2. Recognize and define the evolutionary stages of and the variety of
forms used in the development of the short story form;
3. Identify major themes in short stories;
4. Evaluate and classify various themes relating to time period or
5. Recognize and interpret the variety of forms in which the short story

Topics and Scope
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I. Elements of Fiction
      A. Plot
            1. Events
            2. Conflict
      B. Character
            1. Flat Characters
            2. Round characters
            3. Protagonists v. Antagonists
      C. Theme
      D. Point of View
            1. First Person narration
            2. Third Person Omnipotent
            3. Third Person Limited
            4. The trustworthy narrator
      E. Setting
            1. Time
            2. Place
      F. Symbol and Irony
            1. Allegory
            2. Analogy
            3. Metaphor/Simile
            4. Extended Metaphor
      G. Emotion and Humor
II. Short Story Forms
      A. Questions of Plot, Character, Theme, Point of View, and Setting
      B. Analyzing forms of Symbol and Irony, Emotions, and Humor
III.  Critical Approaches to Literature
      A. Marxist
      B. Feminist
      C. New Criticism
      D. Reader Response
      E. Deconstruction
      F. Psychoanalytical
IV. Issues of Cultural Diversity

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Specific works to be studied, classroom approaches, and related
assignments may vary from semester to semester and from one instructor to
the next, however, the following represent typical assignments.
1. Read approximately 40 to 50 pages per week.
a. Read and analyze major short stories that reflect the evolution of
the short story as a literary form.
b. Read and analyze of a selection of short stories that illustrate
cultural diversity specifically as they relate to themes and forms.
c. Read and analyze short stories that reflect the various
treatments of a specific theme.
d. Read from a selection of short stories that allow a consideration of
the craft of the short story.
2. Write 2 to 4 critical response essays of 750 to 1250 words.
3. Write a research paper 1000 to 1500 words, which includes historical, cultural, and
critical sources.
4. Writing critical reading logs.
5. Group and individual research presentations.
6. Objective quizzes.
7.Essay examinations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
70 - 75%
Written homework, Essays, Research papers; Critical Response Papers; Critical Reading Logs;
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 15%
Reading quizzes; Essay Exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Attendance and participation; oral presentations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Representative Textbooks
Arp, Thomas R., and Greg Johnson, eds. Perrine's Story and Structure. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2009.
Boyle, T. Coraghessan. Doubletakes: Pairs of Contemporary Short Stories. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2004.
Cassill, R.V., and Richard Bausch, eds. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2006.
Charters, Ann. The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. Compact 7th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2007.
Gioia, Dana, and R.S. Gwynn, eds. Longman Anthology of Short Fiction: The Stories and Authors in Context. Compact ed. New York: Longman, 2001.
Kelly, Joseph, ed. The Seagull Reader: Stories. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2007.
Kenison, Katrina, series ed. The Best American Short Stories. Boston: Houghton. (Published annually.)
Madden, David. Cengage Advantage Books: A Pocketful of Prose: Vintage Short Fiction. Vol. 1 and 2. Revised ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2006.
Martin, Wendy. The Art of the Short Story. Boston: Houghton, 2006.
Nguyen, Bich Minh, and Porter Shreve, eds. The Contemporary American Short Story. New York: Longman, 2004.
Oates, Joyce Carol. The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.
Pickering, . Fiction 100: An Anthology of Short Fiction. 11th ed. Paramus, NJ: Prentice: 2006.
Pritchett, V.S. The Oxford Book of Short Stories. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.
Winegardner, Mark, ed.. 3 x 33: Short Fiction by 33 Writers. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2005.

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