There are five basic objectives of this unit. The first objective is to teach the skills necessary to read and interpret a short story as a reflection of life. This objective will be realized through the teaching of story elements.
The second objective is to help the student identify the theme of adolescent development in a given selection and relate it to present day problems.
The third objective is to have students do independent reading of short stories. Students will be able to read stories of their choice.
The fourth objective is to give students an opportunity to write a short story. A writing component is not included in this unit; therefore, this is not designed to teach students how to write a short story. It will provide a creative outlet for students interested in writing.
The fifth objective is to evaluate the student’s knowledge in vocabulary development, the elements of the short story, interpretation of a short story, and academic skills.