• 6-week
  • Course
American Short Stories

This course introduces students to the many voices of American culture through close readings of a series of short stories, beginning with Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Sarah Orne Jewett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway, and concludes with the broad diversity of more recent fiction: Flannery O’Connor, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Chang Rae-Lee, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich, Alice Walker, Tim O’Brien, Jhumpa Lahiri, Julia Alvarez, Sherman Alexie, Junot Diaz, and Phil Klay.

While the close reading of the texts and many short stories are useful for all Summer Programs students to develop their reading and writing skills, many international students may also find it a valuable introduction to American culture.

In addition to learning how to read challenging texts closely, students are introduced to the basics of critical writing: how to introduce a topic; how to develop a clear and comprehensive thesis that will shape the body paragraphs; how to prove one's thesis in the body paragraphs with strong topic sentences and appropriate textual evidence; and how to write a conclusion that does more than repeat the thesis.

  • 6-week
  • Academic Bridge Class
  • Block 5
  • High School

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