Short stories are a great way to introduce students to literary discussion. When discussing a novel, we consider point of view, setting, characterization, conflict, plot, tone, theme, and world view. All of these elements are present in short stories, but an author may develop one more fully than the others. In “Miss Brill,” Katherine Mansfield focuses more attention on the main character’s mental state than on the plot line. Because of their length, short stories can be read in one sitting giving all readers an opportunity to read closely, analyze development, and evaluate content.
The following stories could be read independently over the course of the school year, or they could be read as a unit. There are no prepared vocabulary lists on quizlet for this unit. Links and other resources referenced in the unit can be found in the Resources tabs in the blue box to the left.