A Closer Look
  1. Materials for the Year

  2. Syllabus

  3. This syllabus is intended to give an overview of the school year. The class assignments will follow the syllabus, but there will be changes from time to time. Specific assignments, however, will be posted week to week on the assignment page. If the assignment page and the syllabus disagree, please follow the assignment page. The assignments are numbered according to weeks. There will be no classes on November 29, December 20, December 27, and April 10, and no assignments will be given for those dates. The tentative Speech Night date is Friday at 6:30 p.m. on May 22.

  4. Literature

  5. Boccaccio’s Decameron Excerpt

  6. Edgar Allan Poe, “The Oval Portrait”

  7. Anthony Trollope’s Warden

  8. Listen to the Warden For those students who want to listen to an audio version, this link will direct you to Librivox, the free audio library service.

  9. Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park The novel

  10. Christopher Morley’s Musings Essay “Doors” You can use this as an example for your speech Night Speech.

  11. Essay for Speech Night

  12. Essay 2 for Speech Night

  13. Essay for Assignment 15

  14. Example Student Writing and Format Sheets

  15. Example Analysis This student example illustrates how to write an introduction, body paragraph and conclusion of a literary analysis.

  16. Example Analysis 2  A student analysis of “To Build a Fire” and a discussion of the story in the context of naturalism

  17. Example Analysis 3  A student analysis of H.G. Wells’ “A Moonlight Fable”

  18. Grade Sheet for the Critical Essay Use this sheet to attach to your essay when handing in an analysis assignment.

  19. Example Short Stories  This page posts short stories written by students of previous years.

  20. Book Report Format Sheet (the individual choices for books are listed in the syllabus) and Grade Sheet


  1. Satire and Science Fiction

Assignments for Short Story Class

The date listed is the day on which the assignment is given in class; the assignment is not due until the following week. Click on the hyperlink (specific date) for the assignment. Light gray indicates days when classes do not meet and no assignment will be given.


6     13     20     27


4     11     18     25


1     8     15     22    (29)


6     13     (20)     (27)


3     10     17     24     31


7     14     21     28


6     13     20     27


3     (10)     17     24


1      8     15     22     29