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Short Story Series: O. Henry

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Short Stories – O. Henry

This class is part of the Short Story Literature Series.

Other classes in this series include:
Flannery O’Connor
Jack London
Shirley Jackson
Edgar Allan Poe
Sandra Cisneros
Richard Connell
Frank R. Stockton

What is the difference between a short story and a novel (other than the length)? How can the shorter form help a writer focus closely on plot and action? How can a writer make their readers care about the characters they have created without the extra room of a longer novel?

In this course, we will read a widely celebrated short story from famous American writer, O.Henry, and we will make comparisons to other works in his career to find common themes in his work. Students will learn how the short story form has shaped the history of modern literature, and we will look at examples of short stories that have enabled the writer to comment on their own culture and on the events of the world around them.

This course will focus heavily on reading, and will provide full copies of stories we will cover for students to read on their own.

No live classesview lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for boththe depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2.

Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.

Part 1:
The first part of the class will focus on biographical information on the writer’s life and career, and will discuss why this person has remained such a significant voice in American Literature.

Part 2:
The second part of the class will look closely at the writer’s most famous short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” and will discuss why this story has had such a lasting impact on American culture.

Although this course will only require reading of the one short story, students are encouraged to continue reading other works of this famous writer on their own time, and links will be provided to find free downloadable e-books available in the public domain.

Next Level Homeschool is a firm believer that not all learning should happen from behind a screen! That's why we give students the freedom to submit their assignments in the way THEY want to! We don't want regurgitation learning here. By allowing students to use their own talents, skills, and passions to complete assignments, they become even more engaged and retain the information. Why? Because now it's literally in their hands! We receive thousands of projects every year from our students: written reports, videos, models, posters, Scratch, Minecraft, Roblox, songs, poems, skits, drawings, sculptures, craftswe've seen it ALL! And WE LOVE IT!!

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Course Features

  • Schedule Nov 7 - Nov 21
  • Activities Language Arts
  • Lessons 1
  • Suggested Ages 10-17 One Level