Short Stories & a Journal -Reluctant High School

My son likes to read and absorb interesting material- science, lore, biographies of famous brilliant men (a serious interest here 😉 ) …. but literature? poetry? grammar? spelling? writing? uh!

This is my new approach for the year. I’m excited about it. I haven’t ‘tested’ it yet. We’ll see 😉

I have created a journal- journal entries that are full of thinking, opinion and that there are no right or wrong answers to, and I combined it with short stories. These often have a great twist or irony in them so I think he will enjoy them.

we operate on a 4 day schedule for flexibility.

So I scheduled a short story and discussion questions on Monday (day 1), and 3 journal questions.

I printed out the 15 short stories I planned for him to read, and discussion questions for each. I just googled ‘the most dangerous game full text’ and ‘the most dangerous game discussion questions’ I printed each (you can read here if you want to know why I print. If you have a kid that will read them online- go for it!! they are FREE!)

here are some examples:

Short Story & Discussion Questions: Ruthless by William De Mille

Describe the perfect place to live

Summarize a typical family Christmas

Summarize a recently watched movie

Short Story & Discussion Questions: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

What does Justice mean?

If I could make a law….

If I could get rid of a law….

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Here are the Short Stories I selected:

The monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

Ruthless by William De Mille

The Chaser by John Collier

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Eleven by Sandra Cisneros

Test by Theodore Thomas

Lob’s Girl by Joan Aiken

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade Bambara

There will come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

The Schoolmistress by Anton Chekhov

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

Here are the journal Entries/writing prompts I used. I scheduled this for 16 weeks (I tend to over schedule with an 18 week fall semester, so I decided not to overtax this one. many other lessons are 30 for the year so 16 seems perfectly reasonable for a semester study.)

short stories and journal with writing prompts

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Good Luck. Please share with me your reluctant HS plans- especially reading and writing.

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