Short Story Boot Camp - Setting

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11th - 12th
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This resource introduces AP® English Literature and other upper level literature students to prose analysis of various short stories. This lesson, exploring SET 2.A - How textual details reveal a setting, includes slideshow notes and a student handout with various excerpts. The excerpts include:

  • “1408" by Stephen King
  • "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine" by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • "Dead Men's Path" by Chinua Achebe
  • "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty
  • "The Passing of Grandison" by Charles W. Chestnutt

The lesson continues with analysis of a "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid and an AP® Lit-style paragraph prompt of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use." A note sheet is also available to align with the AP® Daily video lesson on this standard, which I recommend for opening the lesson.

In preparation for online learning, the lesson has also been converted to Google Slides for use in Google Classroom. The lesson comes with fillable text boxes for student work, plus instructions on how to make copies and use the resource on digital platforms.

This lesson is bundled in my Short Story Boot Camp, completing the requirements of AP® Lit Unit 1 (Short Fiction I).

This resource is included in my AP Lit Full Course Bundle!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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