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Grade 10 Version: CPS05-06

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Unit Name: 01 - Fiction: Short Stories

Essential Question

How can understanding literary elements and writing about them enrich my experience with short stories? How does an author create meaning in a fictional text? How is literature a reflection of life? Why does my understanding of a short story improve when I talk about it with one or more people? Why do patterns emerge in texts? How is my life similar to and different from the patterns/archetypes I read about?

Topic 1


  • Identifies, analyzes and applies knowledge of the structures of fiction
  • Topic 1 Standards and Elements

    ELA10LSV1 Verbal Interactions
    ELA10RL1 Reading Comprehension/Fiction
    ELA10RL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 2

    Literary Elements

  • Locates and analyzes elements in fiction
  • Identifies and analyzes patterns of imagery or symbolism
  • Relates identified elements to theme
  • Identifies, analyzes and applies knowledge of theme in literary works and provides evidence to support understanding
  • Topic 2 Standards and Elements

    ELA10LSV1 Verbal Interactions
    ELA10RL2 Knowledge of Theme
    ELA10RL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 3


  • Deepens understanding of works by relating them to contemporary context or historical background and work from other time periods
  • Relates work to other texts from its time period
  • Relates work to texts relevant to its historical setting
  • Topic 3 Standards and Elements

    ELA10LSV1 Verbal Interactions
    ELA10RL3 Contemporary Context or Historical Background
    ELA10RL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 4


  • Employs a variety of writing genres to demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of significant ideas in works
  • Composes essays, narratives, poems or technical documents
  • Demonstrates awareness of an author's use of stylistic devices for effects
  • Explains important ideas and viewpoints through accurate and detailed references or allusions to texts
  • Identifies and assesses the impact of ambiguities, nuances and complexities within the text
  • Includes works cited or bibliography when applicable
  • Topic 4 Standards and Elements

    ELA10RL4 Writing Genres

    Unit Vocabulary

    • Plot
    • Exposition
    • Rising action
    • Climax
    • Falling action
    • Resolution/denouement
    • Structures: chronological, flashback, frame narrative
    • Character development: static, dynamic, flat, round
    • Characterization: indirect, direct
    • Tone
    • Point of view: first person, third person limited, third person omniscient
    • Irony
    • Theme
    • Universal theme
    • Prose
    • Genre
    • Symbolism
    • Diction
    • Imagery
    • Allusion
    • Suspense
    • Mood
    • Foreshadowing
    • Archetypes
    • Archetypal Characters: hero, good mother, sage, trickster, etc.
    • Archetypal Patterens: journey of initiation, search for the father, etc.
    • Archetypal Symbols: colors, water, light/dark, etc.
    • Universal Connections: making choices, winning/losing, relationships, self and other, etc.

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