In this unit, you will explore popular short stories and the literary devices that authors use to create them. These devices include irony, characterization, symbolism, and point of view. You will also learn how to analyze a short story and its main themes using textual evidence to support your claims. This unit features work by Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Kurt Vonnegut. For the unit’s final project, you will plan, draft, and revise a short story of your own creation.