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American 24-Karat Gold : Classic American Short Stories

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ISBN13:

9780321083302

ISBN10:
032108330X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

The first in Longman's new "Literature for College Readers" series,American 24-Karat Gold is a unique collection of American short stories for the developmental reader. The book includes classic American writers (e.g., Mark Twain, O.Henry, Kate Chopin) along with the diverse modern writers (e.g., Maxine Hong Kingston, Roberta Fernandez, and Alice Walker.) The book begins with a sample lesson designed with the developmental learner in mind-introducing reading skills, note-taking, and literary terms. Following the sample lesson, the stories are arranged by literary elements: character, conflict, plot, irony, etc. Each story contains pre-reading vocabulary exercises and questions, headnotes, a journal entry worksheet, comprehension quizzes, and writing prompts. For those interested in developing their reading skills at the 9-12 grade level, framed around American short fiction.

Table of Contents

Intent and/or Tone Contents xi
Chronological Contents xiii
Foreword xv
Preface xvii
RIPE FIGS A Sample Lesson 1(444)
Ripe Figs
2(19)
Kate Chopin
Characters and Conflicts
21(80)
A Worn Path
23(1)
Eudora Welty
Old Phoenix overcomes challenge after challenge as she takes the reader on a journey to town.
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
23(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
25(1)
Pre-reading Questions
25(1)
``A Worn Path''
26(8)
Journal
34(3)
Follow-up Questions
37(1)
Writing
38(1)
Zulema
39(1)
Roberta Fernandez
In this wonderful weaving of female personalities, family triumphs even over death
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
39(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
41(1)
Pre-reading Questions
41(1)
``Zulema''
42(14)
Journal
56(3)
Follow-up Questions
59(1)
Writing
60(1)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
61(1)
James Thurder
With humor and a light touch, Mitty soars over a day of mundane, suburban errands
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
61(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
63(1)
Pre-reading Questions
63(1)
``The Secret Life of Walter Mitty''
64(5)
Journal
69(3)
Follow-up Questions
72(1)
Writing
73(1)
The Tell-Tale Heart
74(1)
Edgar Allan Poe
Poe walks the reader through the homicidal mind in this classic tale of maniacal obsession
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
74(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
76(1)
Pre-reading Questions
76(1)
``The Tell-Tale Heart''
77(5)
Journal
82(3)
Follow-up Questions
85(1)
Writing
86(1)
There Will Come Soft Rains
87(1)
Ray Bradbury
Using nontraditional characters, Bradbury questions humankind's relationship with the technology it creates
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
87(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
89(1)
Pre-reading Questions
89(1)
``There Will Come Soft Rains''
90(5)
Journal
95(3)
Follow-up Questions
98(1)
Writing
99(2)
Setting and Props
101(88)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
103(1)
Ambrose Bierce
Bierce blurs fantasy with reality in this poignant tale set during the Civil War
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
103(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
105(1)
Pre-reading Questions
105(1)
``An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge''
106(9)
Journal
115(3)
Follow-up Questions
118(1)
Writing
119(1)
Strong Temptations---Strategic Movements---The Innocents Beguiled
120(1)
Mark Twain
Told With humor and irony, this is the classic tale of Tom Sawyer painting the fence
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
120(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
122(1)
Pre-reading Questions
122(1)
``Strong Temptations---Strategic Movements---The Innocents Beguiled''
123(6)
Journal
129(3)
Follow-up Questions
132(1)
Writing
133(1)
The Cask of Amontillado
134(1)
Edgar Allan Poe
Poe again walks the reader through the homicidal mind in this classic story of family revenge where darkness increases with the subterranean descent
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
134(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
136(1)
Pre-reading Questions
136(1)
``The Cask of Amontillado''
137(7)
Journal
144(3)
Follow-up Questions
147(1)
Writing
148(1)
To Build a Fire
149(1)
Jack London
Arctic conditions test the knowledge of man and dog
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
149(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
151(1)
Pre-reading Questions
151(1)
``To Build a Fire''
152(15)
Journal
167(3)
Follow-up Questions
170(1)
Writing
171(1)
Everyday Use
172(1)
Alice Walker
Sincerity triumphs over superficiality in this story centered around a family heirloom
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
172(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
174(1)
Pre-reading Questions
174(1)
``Everyday Use''
175(9)
Journal
184(3)
Follow-up Questions
187(1)
Writing
188(1)
Plot and Foreshadowing
189(94)
The Lady of the Tiger?
190(1)
Frank Stockton
The reader expects resolution in a story, but Stockton leaves the reader holding his or her breath
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
190(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
192(1)
Pre-reading Questions
192(1)
``The Lady or the Tiger?''
193(6)
Journal
199(3)
Follow-up Questions
202(1)
Writing
203(1)
One Friday Morning
204(1)
Langston Hughes
Experiencing the cruel consequences of discrimination through Nancy Lee's feelings, the reader triumphs with Nancy's resilient spirit
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
204(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
206(1)
Pre-reading Questions
206(1)
``One Friday Morning''
207(9)
Journal
216(3)
Follow-up Questions
219(1)
Writing
220(1)
No Name Woman
221(1)
Maxine Hong Kingston
In this wrenching narrative, Hong Kingston presents strong comments on cultural expectations
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
221(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
223(1)
Pre-reading Questions
223(1)
``No Name Woman''
224(11)
Journal
235(3)
Follow-up Questions
238(1)
Writing
239(1)
The Lottery
240(1)
Shirley Jackson
Jackson questions the very construct of cultural tradition as the reader walks through the characters' plight
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
240(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
242(1)
Pre-reading Questions
242(1)
``The Lottery''
243(8)
Journal
251(3)
Follow-up Questions
254(1)
Writing
255(1)
Good Country People
256(1)
Flannery O'Connor
This macabre tale plays on human frailties and questions assumptions about relationships
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
256(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
258(1)
Pre-reading Questions
258(1)
``Good Country People''
259(18)
Journal
277(3)
Follow-up Questions
280(1)
Writing
281(2)
Irony
283(82)
The Story of an Hour
284(1)
Kate Chopin
Chopin turns marital assumptions upside down with her ironic twist
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
284(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
286(1)
Pre-reading Questions
286(1)
``The Story of an Hour''
287(3)
Journal
290(3)
Follow-up Questions
293(1)
Writing
294(1)
Gifts of the Magi
295(1)
O. Henry
Love triumphs over all as gifts are Well, if not wisely, given
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
295(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
297(1)
Pre-reading Questions
297(1)
``Gifts of the Magi''
298(5)
Journal
303(3)
Follow-up Questions
306(1)
Writing
307(1)
The Ransom of Red Chief
308(1)
O. Henry
Written in a simpler time and with continuing humor, O. Henry turns the tables
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
308(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
310(1)
Pre-reading Questions
310(1)
``The Ransom of Red Chief''
311(10)
Journal
321(3)
Follow-up Questions
324(1)
Writing
325(1)
The Wonderful Old Gentleman
326(1)
Dorothy Parker
Did you ever want to scream, ``That's unfair''? The knife of injustice slowly twists in this ironic story
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
326(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
328(1)
Pre-reading Questions
328(1)
``The Wonderful Old Gentleman''
329(11)
Journal
340(3)
Follow-up Questions
343(1)
Writing
344(1)
Sweat
345(1)
Zora Neale Hurston
Hurston's ever-surviving female realizes ultimate Justice
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
345(2)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
347(1)
Pre-reading Questions
347(1)
``Sweat''
348(11)
Journal
359(3)
Follow-up Questions
362(1)
Writing
363(2)
Extended Short Story Study
365(80)
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
366(1)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
In this tale set amid dark and ominous surroundings, Hawthorne questions change with light humor, irony, and even a touch of sarcasm
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
366(4)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
370(1)
Pre-reading Questions
371(1)
``Dr. Heidegger's Experiment''
372(9)
Journal
381(3)
Follow-up Questions
384(1)
Writing
385(1)
A Rose for Emily
386(1)
William Faulkner
The reader experiences the very wretchedness of Faulkner's decaying South through Emily and her relationships
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
386(3)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
389(1)
Pre-reading Questions
389(1)
`` A Rose for Emily''
390(9)
Journal
399(3)
Follow-up Questions
402(1)
Writing
403(1)
The Masque of the Red Death
404(1)
Edgar Allan Poe
Writing over one hundred years ago, Poe uses the supernatural with a vengeance ominous of today's plight with AIDS
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
404(3)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
407(1)
Pre-reading Questions
408(1)
``The Masque of the Red Death''
409(6)
Journal
415(3)
Follow-up Questions
418(1)
Writing
419(1)
The Bell-Tower
420(1)
Herman Melville
In this powerful tale written long before modern machinery, Melville exposes a man's self-glorifying pride in his own resourcefulness
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Context
420(4)
Pre-reading Vocabulary---Word Attack
424(1)
Pre-reading Questions
425(1)
``The Bell-Tower''
426(13)
Journal
439(3)
Follow-up Questions
442(1)
Writing
443(2)
Appendix A 445(4)
Glossary of Prefixes and Suffixes 449(7)
Credits 456(1)
Index 457


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