Short Stories are Like a Box of Chocolates
Introduction | The
Task | Resources | The
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Conclusion | Credits
You have just learned that the person you like really enjoys one of the authors you just read in English class. You have tried conversing with this person before, but haven't gotten anywhere. You decide to drop the author's name and story you just read, knowing it is that person's favorite author and story. The person starts talking non-stop to you. The problem is, you only paid half attention in class when the teacher was talking about the author and when the story was being read and discussed. You now need to find information about the author and the short story in order to continue your conversation with this very special person.
To get the attention of the person you admire, you will be giving him or her a box of 28 delicious candies. Candy, however, is not enough. Each piece of candy will be wrapped and tied with a ribbon of knowledge containing an interesting fact about the author or the story that you have selected. Prepare twenty-eight interesting facts and on a piece of poster board, draw your box of candy including the ribbon fact tags for each. Be prepared to present this information to the class.
These Reference Databases, Internet Sites, and Books should help you with this project.
Use Cherokee High Schools Virtual Library web page for Discovering Collection, Scribners Writers, Twayne's Authors, EBSCOhost, Magill on Literature, and Story Finder.
The Fifty-first Dragon, by Heywood Broun
Heywood Broun http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAbrounH.htm
The Newspaper Guild http://www.newsguild.org/awards/broun_announce.php
Historical Boys Clothing http://histclo.hispeed.com/country/us/co-us-18903.html
The Political Graveyard http://www.politicalgraveyard.com/chrono/died-dec-18.html
The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell
Random House http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/storylines/three.html
Pop Culture Madness http://www.popculturemadness.com/Awards/OSCARS/Oscars1941.html
Today in History http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/aug03.html
Palm Power Magazine http://www.palmpower.com/issues/issue199903/bookmonth0399001.html
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
William Sydney Porter http://www.lsjunction.com/people/porter.htm
O. Henry Museum http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/ohenry.htm
The O. Henry Page http://dive.woodstock.edu/~dcox/ohenry/ohen.html
War, by Jack London
Jack London http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jlondon.htm
The Jack London Collection http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/London/
The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant
The French Short Story Writer Guy de Maupassant http://dive.woodstock.edu/~dcox/ohenry/demau.html
Guy de Maupassant http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/maupassa.htm
The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe
The Poe Perplex http://www.nadn.navy.mil/EnglishDept/poeperplex/amontil.htm
The Poe Decoder http://www.poedecoder.com/essays/cask/
Edgar Allan Poe http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/eapoe.htm
The Lady, or the Tiger?, by Frank Stockton
The Literary Gothic http://www.litgothic.com/Authors/stockton.html
Under the Sun http://www.underthesun.cc/Classics/Stockton/
Hatter's Classics: The Golden Age http://www.seanet.com/~eldrbarry/roos/books/gold.htm
REF 809 CON Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC)
REF 809 NIN Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism (NCLC)
REF 809 TWE Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC)
REF 809.3 BEACHAMS Beachamís Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction
REF 809.3 MAG Critical Survey of Short Fiction
REF 809.3 SHORT Short Story Criticism (SSC)
REF 809.93 MOSS Literature and Its Times
REF 810.9 AME American Writers
REF 810.9 AME American Writers before 1800
REF 920.03 KUN Twentieth Century Authors
REF 973 REA Readerís Companion to American History
Cur O. Henry
921 Porter O. Henry: the legendary life of William S. Porter
Labor Jack London
921 London Jack London, sailor on horseback
921 London Jack: a biography on Jack London
921 London Jack London: the man, the writer, the rebel
921 London Jack London
Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant
Edgar Allen Poe
Lev The power of blackness: Hawthorne, Poe,
818 Bur Edgar Allen Poe
818 Regan Poe: a collection of critical essays
921 Poe Edgar Allen Poe
921 Poe Edgar Allen Poe
921 Poe Edgar Allen Poe: a mystery
921 Poe Edgar Allen Poe: his writings and influence
921 Poe The Haunted palace: a life of Edgar Allen Poe
813.09 Smi The Popular American Novel, 1865-1920
All information used for this assignment must be put into your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated; you will receive a zero for the assignment.
You can only use the books and websites that are listed here for your information.
This project is worth 140 points.
You will receive 3 points for each interesting fact, which can total up to 84 points.
The presentation to the class is worth 30 points.
The visual is worth 26 points.
Congratulations, you have just completed your first literary criticism, just
many to come in your high school career. Because you had to do in-depth research work, you will now be
more prepared for the next literary criticism project that you will be assigned in your sophomore year. By doing this
literary criticism, you have just strengthened your reading, researching, writing,
and presenting skills. These
are important skills that you should possess.
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