SRJC Course Outlines

6/14/2024 11:10:26 AMENGL 7 Course Outline as of Spring 2003

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.

ENGL 1A or higher English Course.

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 & metaphorical language.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:ENGL 1A or higher English Course.
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: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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From a prescribed selection of short stories (critical studies may also be
included), a student will:
1. Analyze and critique assigned texts,
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 texts,
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
E. Symbol and Irony
1. Allegory
2. Analogy
3. Metaphor/Simile
4. Extended Metaphor
F. Emotion and Humor
II. Short Story Forms
A. Questions of Plot, Character, Theme, Point of View, Setting,
Symbol and Irony, Emotions, and Humor
B. Critical Approaches to Literature
1. Marxist
2. Feminist
3. New Criticism
4. Reader Response
5. Deconstruction
6. Psychoanalytical

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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. Most
approaches will reflect aspects of all:
1. Reading and examining major short stories that reflect the evolution of
the short story as a literary form.
2. Reading and examination of a selection of short stories that illustrate
cultural diversity specifically as they relate to themes and forms,
3. Reading and examination of short stories that reflect the various
treatments of a specific them,
4. Reading from a selection of short stories that allow a consideration of
the craft of the short story,
5. Writing critical response essays,
6. Writing research papers which include historical, cultural, and
critical sources,
7. Writing critical reading logs,
8. Group and individual research presentations,
9. Objective quizzes,
10.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
60 - 85%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers
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
5 - 20%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 15%
Reading quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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THE STORY: Readers & Writers of Fiction, David Bergman, ed., 1988
WHERE I'M CALLING FROM, Raymond Carver, 1989. Random
ANTON CHEKHOV'S SHORT STORIES, A. Chekhov, 1979. W.W. Norton
THE SHORT STORY AND ITS WRITER, 5th ed., Ann Charters, ed., St. Martin's
   Press, 1999
NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT FICTION, shorter 6th ed., Cassill & Bausch,
   eds.,W. W. Norton, 2000

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