Normally, we will be reading stories, plays, and poems from The Seagull Reader:
It's a three-book collection containing the following volumes:
However, because many of you might still be scrambling to get these textbooks, the first reading assignment will be a pair of stories you can read online.
Here are the links to each story:
Story #1: "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
Story #2: "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant
As you read each work of fiction, ask yourself the following questions:
What is the conflict of the story? (Or -- Is there tension in the story? What is the source of the tension?)
What do I think is going to happen? (What are my expectations?)
Do I feel sympathy for these characters? (Why / why not?)
What happens at the end? (How do I feel about the ending?)
Feel free to use your journal to record your thoughts. We will discuss your responses to the story on Monday, August 22nd. There will probably be a quiz on one or both stories.