Short Story Study – Ind. Study



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Short Story Study – Ind. Study

This independent study opportunity allows students to study the often-overlooked short story and write analysis compositions based on the stories covered. The instructor will not require a specific reading list, but she can offer guidance if desired. Students can determine the structure of the study in that they can choose to categorize short stories into three distinct categories and write a paper on each category (regional, thematic focused, time period, etc), or students can read any number of short stories aside from lumping them into categories and choose to write papers on 3 separate stories, spotlighting three separate focuses (theme, character analysis, analysis of literary devices and effect, writing style, a work as an example of a literary period, etc). Papers should be written in MLA format and should be 3-5 pages in length (not including the Works Cited page). The student will meet with the instructor prior to beginning each paper; all other correspondence will occur via email. Students may choose to replace 1 paper with a creative project. Approval by instructor is required.


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Jess Woods currently resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. Though she spent her childhood and adolescence in Georgia, Jess has lived in eight different states and has a fondness for traveling and experiencing different regions, as each one has taught her something about herself and about community. Jess enjoys reading, writing, and all things music (ok, most things music). Teaching is the perfect career for her since she loves being able to experience an appreciation for words and story come alive within other people.

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