American 24-Karat Gold

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-02
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Part of Longman#x19;s #x1C;Literature for College Readers#x1D; series, American 24-Karat Goldintroduces developmental readers to classic American short stories, with pedagogy to support their reading and comprehension and make the literary pieces accessible. The text includes a collection of American short stories by classic American writers (e.g., Mark Twain, O. Henry, Kate Chopin) along with diverse modern writers (e.g., Migene Gonzalez-Wippler, Amy Tan, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker). Each story contains pre-reading vocabulary exercises and questions, author#x19;s biography with suggestions for further reading, a journal entry worksheet, comprehension quizzes, and writing prompts.

Table of Contents

Intent and/or Tone Contentsp. x
Chronological Contentsp. xii
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
A Sample Lessonp. 1
˘Ripe Figs÷p. 2
Characters and Conflictsp. 21
˘The Unexpected÷p. 23
Is Dorothea shallow or profoundingly honest? What do you think?
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 23
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 25
Pre-reading Questionsp. 25
˘The Unexpected÷p. 26
Journalp. 29
Follow-up Questionsp. 32
Discussion Questionsp. 33
Writingp. 33
˘A Worn Path÷p. 34
Old Phoenix overcomes challenge after challenge as she takes the reader on a journey to town.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 34
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 36
Pre-reading Questionsp. 36
˘A Worn Path÷p. 37
Journalp. 45
Follow-up Questionsp. 48
Discussion Questionsp. 49
Writingp. 49
˘Two Kinds÷p. 50
Tensions between mother and child touch us all in this lively tale of hopes and aspirations.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 50
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 52
Pre-reading Questionsp. 52
˘Two Kinds÷p. 53
Journalp. 63
Follow-up Questionsp. 66
Discussion Questionsp. 67
Writingp. 67
˘The Tell-Tale Heart÷p. 68
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 68
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 70
Pre-reading Questionsp. 70
˘The Tell-Tale Heart÷p. 71
Journalp. 76
Follow-up Questionsp. 79
Discussion Questionsp. 80
Writingp. 80
˘There Will Come Soft Rains÷p. 81
Using nontraditional characters, Ray Bradbury questions humankind's relationship with the technology it creates.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 81
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 83
Pre-reading Questionsp. 83
˘There Will Come Soft Rains÷p. 84
Journalp. 88
Follow-up Questionsp. 91
Discussion Questionsp. 92
Writingp. 92
Setting and Propsp. 93
˘Eleven÷p. 95
Rachel brings forth insights we can all share.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 95
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 97
Pre-reading Questionsp. 97
˘Eleven÷p. 98
Journalp. 101
Follow-up Questionsp. 104
Discussion Questionsp. 105
Writingp. 105
˘Everyday Use÷p. 106
Sincerity triumphs over superficiality in this story centered around a family heirloom.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 106
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 108
Pre-reading Questionsp. 108
˘Everyday Use÷p. 109
Journalp. 118
Follow-up Questionsp. 121
Discussion Questionsp. 122
Writingp. 122
˘Bone Girl÷p. 123
Old traditions lead to new changes in this spirited tale.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 123
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 125
Pre-reading Questionsp. 125
˘Bone Girl÷p. 126
Journalp. 133
Follow-up Questionsp. 136
Discussion Questionsp. 137
Writingp. 137
˘Strong Temptations-Strategic Movements- The Innocents Beguiled÷p. 138
Told with humor and irony, this is the classic tale of Tom Sawyer painting the fence.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 138
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 140
Pre-reading Questionsp. 140
˘Strong Temptations-Strategic Movements-The Innocents Beguiled÷p. 141
Journalp. 146
Follow-up Questionsp. 149
Discussion Questionsp. 150
Writingp. 150
˘The Cask of Amontillado÷p. 151
Edgar Allan Poe walks the reader through the homicidal mind in this classic story of family revenge wherein darkness increases with the subterranean descent.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 151
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 153
Pre-reading Questionsp. 153
˘The Cask of Amontillado÷p. 154
Journalp. 161
Eollow-up Questionsp. 164
Discussion Questionsp. 165
Writingp. 165
Plot and Foreshadowingp. 167
˘Salvation÷p. 168
We share the narrator's confusion as events swirl around him in this light yet introspective tale.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 168
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 170
Pre-reading Questionsp. 170
˘Salvation÷p. 171
Journalp. 174
Follow-up Questionsp. 177
Discussion Questionsp. 178
Writingp. 178
In this lively story, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler portrays a childhood experience with a religious system that combines Christian and African beliefs, enhanced by foreshadowing.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 179
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 181
Pre-reading Questionsp. 181
˘Yoruba÷p. 182
Journalp. 192
Follow-up Questionsp. 195
Discussion Questionsp. 196
Writingp. 196
˘Wine on the Desert÷p. 197
Justice is brutally served in this powerful story.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 197
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 199
Pre-reading Questionsp. 199
˘Wine on the Desert÷p. 200
Journalp. 208
Follow-up Questionsp. 211
Discussion Questionsp. 212
Writingp. 212
˘The Last Leaf÷p. 213
We share friendship and devotion in this stirringly poignant tale.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 213
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 215
Pre-reading Questionsp. 215
˘The Last Leaf÷p. 216
Journalp. 222
Follow-up Questionsp. 225
Discussion Questionsp. 226
Writingp. 226
˘The Lady or the Tiger?÷p. 227
The reader expects resolution in a story, but Frank Stockton leaves the reader holding her or his breath.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 227
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 229
Pre-reading Questionsp. 229
˘The Lady or the Tiger?÷p. 230
Journalp. 236
Follow-up Questionsp. 239
Discussion Questionsp. 240
Writingp. 240
Ironyp. 241
˘The Story of an Hour÷p. 242
Kate Chopin turns marital assumptions upside down with her ironic twist.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 242
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 244
Pre-reading Questionsp. 244
˘The Story of an Hour˘p. 245
Journalp. 248
Follow-up Questionsp. 251
Discussion Questionsp. 252
Writingp. 252
˘Gifts of the Magi÷p. 253
Love triumphs over all as gifts are well, if not wisely, given.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 253
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 255
Pre-reading Questionsp. 255
˘Gifts of the Magi˘p. 256
Journalp. 261
Follow-up Questionsp. 264
Discussion Questionsp. 265
Writingp. 265
˘The Wonderful Old Gentleman÷p. 266
Did you ever want to scream, ˘That's unfair÷? The knife of injustice slowly twists in this ironic story.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 266
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 268
Pre-reading Questionsp. 268
˘The Wonderful Old Gentleman÷p. 269
Journalp. 280
Follow-up Questionsp. 283
Discussion Questionsp. 284
Writingp. 284
˘The Ransom of Red Chief÷p. 285
O. Henry turns the tables in this story in a way that is still humerous today.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 285
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 287
Pre-reading Questionsp. 287
˘The Ransom of Red Chief÷p. 288
Journalp. 298
Follow-up Questionsp. 301
Discussion Questionsp. 302
Writingp. 302
˘Sweat÷p. 303
Zora Neale Hurston's ever-surviving female realizes ultimate justice.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 303
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 305
Pre-reading Questionsp. 305
˘Sweat÷p. 306
Journalp. 317
Follow-up Questionsp. 320
Discussion Questionsp. 321
Writingp. 321
Extended Short Story Studyp. 323
˘To Build a Fire÷p. 324
Arctic conditions test the knowledge of man and dog.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 324
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 326
Pre-reading Questionsp. 326
˘To Build a Fire÷p. 327
Journalp. 341
Follow-up Questionsp. 344
Discussion Questionsp. 345
Writingp. 345
˘A Rose for Emily÷p. 346
The reader experiences the very wretchedness of William Faulkner's decaying-South through Emily and her relationships.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 346
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 349
Pre-reading Questionsp. 349
˘A Rose for Emily˘p. 350
Journalp. 359
Follow-up Questionsp. 362
Discussion Questionsp. 363
Writingp. 363
˘Dr. Heidegger's Experiment÷p. 364
In this tale set amid dark and ominous surroundings, Nathaniel Hawthorne questions change with light humor, irony, and even a touch of sarcasm.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 364
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 368
Pre-reading Questionsp. 368
˘Dr. Heidegger's Experiment÷p. 369
˘ Journalp. 378
Follow-up Questionsp. 381
Discussion Questionsp. 382
Writingp. 382
˘The Bell-Tower÷p. 383
In this powerful tale written long before modern machinery Herman Melville exposes a man's self-glorifying pride in his own resourcefulness.
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Contextp. 383
Pre-reading Vocabulary-Structural Attackp. 387
Pre-reading Questionsp. 387
˘The Bell-Tower÷p. 388
Journalp. 401
Follow-up Questionsp. 404
Discussion Questionsp. 405
Writingp. 405
Judgesp. 407
How I Use This Bookp. 411
Vocabulary in Contextp. 415
Glossary of Prefixes and Suffixesp. 419
Creditsp. 425
Indexp. 427
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