SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 10:44:49 AMENGL 7 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

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 Scheduled06 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: plot, character, setting, point of view, theme, style, diction, symbolism, and figurative 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: plot, character, setting, point of view, theme, style, diction, symbolism, and figurative 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 culture;
5. Recognize and interpret the variety of forms in which the short story exists;
6. Write college-level expository and argumentative analyses of short stories using research and appropriate
secondary sources;
7. Demonstrate familiarity with college-level library research techniques and with the basic reference works
and facilities of the college library;
8. Use MLA format in citing research.

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
      4. Heroes and Anti-heroes
  C. Theme
  D. Point of View
      1. First Person narration
      2. Third Person Omnipotent
      3. Third Person Limited
      4. The Unreliable narrator
  E. Setting
      1. Time
      2. Place
      3. Mood or Atmosphere
  F. Figurative Language
      1. Allegory
      2. Analogy
      3. Metaphor/Simile
      4. Extended Metaphor
  G. Emotion, Humor, Irony, Satire
  H. Symbolism
  I. Choices of Style
  J. Choices of Diction
II. Short Story Forms
  A. Traditional
  B. Modern
III.  Critical Approaches to Literature
  B. Deconstruction
  C. Economic (Marxist)
  D. Formalist
  E. Gender (Feminist, Masculinist, Queer)
      1. Feminist
      2. Masculinist
      3. Queer Theory
  F. Historical
  G. New Criticism
  H. Psychological
      1. Freudian
      2. Jungian
       3. Mythological
  I. Reader Response
  J. Sociological/Cultural
IV. Issues of Cultural Diversity in Literature

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1. Read approximately 50 to 100 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 a selection of short stories that illustrate cultural diversity 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 allows a consideration of the craft of the short story.
2. Write 2 to 4 analytical response essays of 750 to 1250 words.
3. Write a research paper 1000 to 1500 words, which includes literary criticism and/or critical approaches to analyzing literature.
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, 2011.
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, 2010.
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, James H., ed. 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, 2010.
Winegardner, Mark, ed. 3 x 33: Short Fiction by 33 Writers. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2005.

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