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Sterling Stories is a brief anthology of 12 short stories geared toward students reading at the most basic level. The anthology was carefully designed to maximize students’ reading and writing abilities using a rich literature collection from a diverse collection of authors.
Table of Contents
Intent and/or Tone Contents x
Ripe Figs A Sample Lesson 1
Kate Chopin Ripe Figs 2
Chapter 1 Characters and Conflicts 23
Langston Hughes Salvation 25
We share the narrator’s confusion in this light yet introspective tale.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 25
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 27
Pre-reading Questions 27 “Salvation” 28
Follow-up Questions 34
Discussion Questions 35
Sandra Cisneros Eleven 36
Sandra Cisneros asks us to look inward to see a composite picture.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 36
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 38
Pre-reading Questions 38 “Eleven” 39
Follow-up Questions 45
Discussion Questions 46
Kate Chopin The Kiss 47
Kate Chopin presents an interesting play between female wiles and male determination in this lively tale.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 47
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 49
Pre-reading Questions 49 “The Kiss” 50
Follow-up Questions 56
Discussion Questions 57
Chapter 2 Setting and Props 59
Roch Carrier The Hockey Sweater 61
With political implications surrounding a central prop, Roch Carrier presents an interesting tale that will be appreciated by anyone who has rooted for a favorite team.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 61
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 63
Pre-reading Questions 63 “The Hockey Sweater” 64
Follow-up Questions 70
Discussion Questions 71
R. K. Narayan Trail of the Green Blazer 72
With an ironic turn of events, a thief is overcome by his own game and the things around him.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 72
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 74
Pre-reading Questions 74 “Trail of the Green Blazer” 75
Follow-up Questions 82
Discussion Questions 83
Mark Twain Strong Temptations—Strategic Movements— The Innocents Beguiled 84
Told with humor and irony, this is the classic tale of Tom Sawyer painting the fence.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 84
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 86
Pre-reading Questions 86
“Strong Temptations—Strategic Movements— The Innocents Beguiled” 87
Follow-up Questions 95
Discussion Questions 96
Chapter 3 Plot and Foreshadowing 97
Joseph Bruchac Bone Girl 98
There are morals and a classic example of foreshadowing in this informa- tive ghost story.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 98
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 100
Pre-reading Questions 100 “Bone Girl” 101
Follow-up Questions 111
Discussion Questions 112
Max Brand Wine on the Desert 113
A story inside a story foreshadows the justice that is brutally served in this powerful story.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 113
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 115
Pre-reading Questions 115 “Wine on the Desert” 116
Follow-up Questions 127
Discussion Questions 128
Edgar Allan Poe The Tell-Tale Heart 129
Edgar Allan Poe walks the reader through the homicidal mind in this classic tale of maniacal obsession.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 129
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 131
Pre-reading Questions 131 “The Tell-Tale Heart” 132
Follow-up Questions 140
Discussion Questions 141
Chapter 4 Irony 143
Catherine Lim Ah Bah’s Money 144
Told with a light touch, this story examines little Ah Bah and his family.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 144
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 146
Pre-reading Questions 146 “Ah Bah’s Money” 147
Follow-up Questions 154
Discussion Questions 155
Kate Chopin The Story of an Hour 156
Kate Chopin turns marital assumptions upside down with her ironic twist.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 156
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 158
Pre-reading Questions 158 “The Story of an Hour” 159
Follow-up Questions 165
Discussion Questions 166
O. Henry Gifts of the Magi 167
Love triumphs over all when gifts are well, if not wisely, given.
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Context 167
Pre-reading Vocabulary—Structural Attack 169
Pre-reading Questions 169 “Gifts of the Magi” 170
Follow-up Questions 178
Discussion Questions 179
How I Use This Book 181
Glossary of Prefixes and Suffixes 185