Unit 3: Short Story Boot Camp / Point of View
Unit 3: Point of View
Essential Questions and Skills:
How does the first person point of view affect the humor and surprise ending of the story? How does the narrator’s diction affect the tone of the story? How does the third person limited point of view affect our feeling toward the characters? How can third person limited narration present a neutral or very biased point of view? How does an omniscient narration provide the most detailed and neutral information to the reader?
Perrine’s Structure, Sound, and Sense
“A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner
“Interpreter of Maladies” Jhumpa Lahiri
“Sweat” Zora Neale Hurston
“The Ransom of Red Chief” O. Henry
Pages 2-20 of Forms of the Novella
Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax, and Tone.
Erik Simpson's Five Ways of Looking at a Thesis
Magic Thesis Statement
Point of View Information (Credit: Ms. Lehrman)
Writing a Quotation Sandwich
Packing Phrases and Conciseness
Strunk and White's Elements of Style (Focus on Parts II, III, and IV)
A. Writing Assignments: How does O. Henry’s use of the first person point of view affect the humor and surprise ending in “The Ransom of Red Chief?” How does the third person limited point of view affect the tone of "Interpreter of Maladies?” How does the unique point of view in “A Rose for Emily” affect what we learn about Miss Emily and how we view her? How does the omniscient narration in “Sweat” allow the reader to form an opinion on both Delia and her husband Sykes?
B. Weekly vocabulary assessments
C. Weekly exercises from Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax, and Tone.
D. Student generated AP style multiple choice questions