Delve into several contemporary and classic short stories. Follow the experiences of a variety of empathetic characters whose challenges range from internal ethical struggles to actual struggles including life on Mars, an exploding volcano, and a deadly shipwreck. Analyze the elements of a short story and what differentiates it from a novel. Practice identifying and correcting run-on sentences and sentence fragments. For the final project, develop your own short story.
This unit is designed to be used in conjunction with the science and social studies in Unit 3: Our Changing Earth, but it can also be used as an independent literature unit.