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American Short Stories : Exercises in Reading and Writing

American Short Stories : Exercises in Reading and Writing - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0030213342

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ISBN13: 978-0030213342
ISBN10: 0030213347
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 00
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston
Published: 2000
International: No
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American Short Stories : Exercises in Reading and Writing - 2ND 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0030213342

Greg Costa

ISBN13: 978-0030213342
ISBN10: 0030213347
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 00
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Low Intermediate / Intermediate students will improve reading, writing and grammar skills while learning about America's culture and history through reading adapted versions of classic short stories. The new, enlarged edition includes three new stories, new pre-reading and grammar exercises and a new introduction to each story.

Key Features

  • Historic photographs and illustrations are used to help acquaint ESL students with the place, time and cultural atmosphere.
  • Pre-reading exercises and strategies are used to set the stage for the reader.
  • Post-reading questions are used to check comprehension.
  • Stimulating authors include both men and women from the times of Colonial America to the birth of the modern urban nation.
  • Grammar and writing exercises use language taken from the short stories to reinforce specific structure and vocabulary.
  • Maps and graphs are used to challenge the learner into providing additional information about the historical context of each story.

Author Bio

Costa, CostaGreg : City College of San Francisco

Table of Contents

Chapter One

The Fat of the Land by Anzia Yezierska
The Author
The Story
The Fat of the Land by Anzia Yezierska
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Analyzing the Text
Story Summary
Interpreting Graphs
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Past Perfect Tense and Simple Past Tense
Sentence Writing
Word Forms
Developing Ideas
Paragraph Writing
Topics for Discussion
For Further Discussion: The Character of Hanneh Breineh

Chapter Two

South of the Slot by Jack London
The Author
The Story
South of the Slot by Jack London
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Story Summary
Analyzing the Text
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Using When and While to Combine Sentences
Sentence Combining
Sentence Completion
Conditional Sentences
Writing Conditional Sentences
Word Forms
Comparatives
Writing Comparatives
Developing Ideas
Topics for Discussion
Paragraph Writing
Role Playing
For Further Discussion: Stereotypes

Chapter Three

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
The Author
The Story
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Analyzing the Text
Interpreting Graphs
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Participial Phrases
Sentence Writing A
Sentence Completion
Sentence Writing B
Past Conditional Sentences
Writing Past Conditional Sentences A
Writing Past Conditional Sentences B
Guided Paragraph Writing
Writing Comparatives
Developing Ideas
Topics for Discussion
Role Playing
For Further Discussion: Irony

Chapter Four

The Only Rose by Sarah Orne Jewett
The Author
The Story
The Only Rose by Sarah Orne Jewett
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Analyzing the Text
Story Summary
Interpreting Maps
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Sentence Writing
Writing About Yourself
Verbs After Wish
Sentence Writing
Word Forms
Writing Comparative Sentences
Developing Ideas
Paragraph Writing
Topics for Discussion
For Further Discussion: Symbols

Chapter Five

The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
The Author
The Story
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Story Summary
Analyzing the Text
Interpreting Maps
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Using Because and So to Combine Related Ideas
Sentence Combining
Sentence Completion
Sentence Writing
Changing Direct Quotations to Indirect Quotations
Unnamed Exercise
Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession
Forming Possessives
Word Forms
Developing Ideas
Guided Paragraph Writing
Topics for Discussion
Role Playing
For Further Discussion: Conflict

Chapter Six

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
The Author
The Story
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Story Summary
Analyzing the Text
Interpreting Maps
Grammar and Sentence Writing
The Passive Voice
Sentence Writing
Appositives
Writing Appositives
Word Forms
Gerunds
Writing Gerunds
Sentence Writing
Developing Ideas
Guided Paragraph Writing
Topics for Discussion
For Further Discussion: The Surprise Ending

Chapter Seven

A Curious Dream by Mark Twain
The Author
The Story
A Curious Dream by Mark Twain
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Analyzing the Text
Story Summary
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Using Gotin Informal English
The Present Perfect Tense
Sentence Writing A
Sentence Writing B
The Past and Present in the Old Cemetery
Combining Phrases and Clauses to Form a Series
Sentence Writing C
Word Forms
Developing Ideas
Paragraph Writing
Topics for Discussion
For Further Discussion: The Supernatural in Fiction

Chapter Eight

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
The Author
The Story
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Story Summary
Analyzing the Text
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Relative Clauses: Who and Which
Sentence Combining
Using Commas to Set Off Relative Clauses
Commas in Relative Clauses
Sentence Completion A
Sentence Completion B
Sentence Writing
When to Use So and Very
Sentence Combining
Sentence Completion C
Word Forms
Developing Ideas
Paragraph Writing
Topics for Discussion
Topics for Further Discussion: The Narrator

Chapter Nine

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
The Author
The Story
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Check
Story Summary
Analyze the Text
Interpreting Maps
Grammar and Sentence Writing
Joining Sentences with Whose
Sentence Combining
Word Forms
Joining Sentences with before or after
Sentence Combining
Archaic Language
Rewriting Archaic Language
Word Forms
Developing Ideas
Paragraph Writing
Topics for Discussion
Role Playing

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