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ELA Literature Content Outline

TYPES OF WORKS
Short Stories
Novels & Novellas
Drama
Nonfiction
Epics
Poetry
Comparative Text

Short Stories
Title Author Literary Focus Reading Focus
“To Build a Fire” Jack London Character
Conflict
Predict
Visualize
“The Gift of the Magi” O. Henry Allusions
Tone
Author Intention
Predict
“The Black Cat” Edgar Allan Poe Conflict
Motive
Ask Questions
Reread
“The Garden Party” Katherine Mansfield Setting
Tone
Compare & Contrast
Infer
“The Necklace” Guy de Maupassant Irony
Symbolism
Ask Questions
Reread
“The Most Dangerous Game” Richard Connell Conflict
Suspense
Connect
Predict
“The Lady, or the Tiger” Frank Stockton Conflict
Tone
Connect
Predict
“The Open Window” Saki (Munro, H.H.) Characterization
Dialogue
Reread
Visualize
“I Stand Here Ironing” Tillie Olsen Point of View
Symbolism
Connect
Visualize
“The Bet” Anton Chekhov Characterization
Conflict
Infer
Predict


NOVELS & NOVELLAS
Title Author Literary Focus Reading Focus
Frankenstein
(Full text)
Mary W. Shelley Character Motivation
Characterization
Conflict
Dialogue
Foreshadowing
Mood
Sensory Imagery
Suspense
Symbolism
Theme
Tone
Tragic Hero
Cause & Effect
Compare & Contrast
Connect
Find Context Clues
Infer
Reread
Sequencing
“The Nose” Nikolai Gogol Satire
Symbolism
Ask Questions
Predict
“The Metamorphosis” Franz Kafka Character Motivation
Symbolism
Infer
Predict


DRAMAS
Title Author Literary Focus Reading Focus
Romeo and Juliet
(Full text)
William Shakespeare Alliteration
Characterization
Figures of Speech
Foreshadowing
Personification
Sensory Imagery
Setting
Symbolism
Cause & Effect
Compare & Contrast
Connect
Infer
Paraphrasing
Reread


NONFICTION / Collection: What it Means to be an American
Group Title Author Literary Focus Reading Focus
Biographies and Autobiographies
Memories of an Indian Boyhood (Excerpt) Charles Eastman
“Liberty Attained” from My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
"Chief Joseph" from Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains Charles Eastman
"The Life Story of a Polish Sweatshop Girl" Sadie Frowne (Hamilton Holt, ed.)
Character
Juxtaposition
Ask Questions
Make Connections
Speeches that Capture a Movement
“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Patrick Henry
“Gettysburg Address” Abraham Lincoln
“I Have a Dream” Martin Luther King Jr.
Parallelism
Diction
Juxtaposition
Determine Importance
Compare & Contrast
Argument and Persuasion
“Ain't I a Woman” Sojourner Truth
"Strivings of the Negro People" from The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Dubois
“Declaration of Conscience” Margaret Chase
Thesis
Main Ideas
Supporting Arguments
Modes of Persuasion
(Ethos, Logos, Pathos)
Note Arguments and Counter Arguments
Determine Importance
Presidential Address
George Washington’s Farewell Address George Washington
Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address Abraham Lincoln
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ronald Reagan’s Address to Moscow State University Students Ronald Reagan
Modes of Persuasion
(Ethos, Logos, Pathos)
Text Structure
Summarize
Determine Importance


EPICS
Title Author Literary Focus Reading Focus
Beowulf
(Full text)
unknown Alliteration
Allusions
Character (Foil)
Character Motivation
Characterization
Foreshadowing
Kennings
Personification
Sensory Imagery
Tone
Cause & Effect
(Writing: Citing Evidence)
Compare & Contrast
Infer
Paraphrasing
Sequencing
Summarize
Visualize
Determine Importance
The Odyssey
(Full text)
Homer Characterization
Climax
Exposition
Figure of Speech
Foreshadowing
Irony
Resolution
Sensory Imagery
Setting
Symbolism
Theme
Compare & Contrast
Find Context Clues
Infer
Reread
Visualize


POETRY
Group Title Author Literary Focus Reading Focus
Temporary Nature of Things
“Ozymandias” Percy Bysshe Shelley Alliteration
Situational Irony
“The Tree” Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea Personification
Symbolism
“Hokku” Yone Noguchi Alliteration
Euphony
Reread
Find Context Clues
Read Aloud
Love
“Song” John Donne Hyperbole
Tone
“A Man's Requirements” Elizabeth Barrett Browning Repetition & Parallelism
Tone
“Love and the Gentle Heart” Dante (D.G. Rosetti, Tr.) Metaphor
Personification
Reread
Read Aloud
Life and Death
“Loveliest of Trees" A.E. Housman Alliteration
Metaphor
“Sonnet 73” William Shakespeare Extended Metaphor
“October” Robert Frost Metaphor
Style
Compare & Contrast
Read Aloud
Reread
Weathering Difficulties
“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” Emily Dickinson Analogy
Style
“Sonnet XI” Fernando Pessoa Analogy
Consonance & Assonance
“Yet Do I Marvel” Countee Cullen Allusion
Paradox
Reread
Find Context Clues
Visualize
Read Aloud
Celebrations of Nature
“Clearing At Dawn” Li Po Imagery
Sound Devices
“I Wandered lonely as a Cloud” William Wordsworth Enjambment
Personification
“Songs of Thunder" from The Mountain Chant: A Navajo Ceremony Navajo (Dr. Washington Matthews, Tr.) Onomatopoeia
Repetition
Reread
Visualize
Read Aloud
War
“Dulce et Decorum est” Wilfed Owen Imagery
Simile
Verbal Irony
“An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” William Butler Yeats Juxtaposition
Parallelism
“Winter Stars” Sara Teasdale Contrast
Imagery
Reread
Compare & Contrast
Read Aloud


COMPARATIVE TEXT
Title Author
“My Sled-Trip on the Muir Glacier” from Travels in Alaska John Muir
The Magi Visit the Messiah, Matthew 2: 1 – 16 (NIV)
“Black Cat” Rainer Maria Rilke
“Kew Gardens” (Excerpt) Virginia Woolf
“The Child” Guy de Maupassant
The Illustrated War News, Number 15, November 18, 1914 (Excerpt)
“The Anglo-Saxon Legal Procedure” from Essays in Anglo-Saxon Law (Excerpt) J. Laurence Laughlin
“Chapter IV: Conversation” from Manual of Etiquette (Excerpt) George Routledge
“The Fireside Chats of Franklin Delano Roosevelt March 12, 1933” (Excerpt) Franklin D. Roosevelt
A Letter written from Anton Chekhov to his brother Mikolai (Excerpt) Anton Chekhov
British Prison Hulks Lisa Fritscher
The Monkey’s Paw (Excerpt) W. W. Jacobs
The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Excerpt) Oscar Wilde
Letter “Dearest Father” Franz Kafka
Freedom’s Battle: Being a Comprehensive Collection of Writings and Speeches on the Present (Excerpt) Mahatma Gandhi
“New Test for String Theory Comes Full Circle to the Scientific Revolution” Lisa Fritscher
Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome (Excerpt) E.M. Berens
Ecclesiastical History of The English Nation (Excerpt) The Venerable Bede
Shakespeare and the Modern Stage (Excerpt) Sidney Lee

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