DESCRIBE what you\’ve read to an imagined ignorant audience who you may assume has no knowledge of these stories until you tell them.

Compose two short paragraph-length summaries, one for each of your self-selected short stories (Just choose 2 short stories that you think are interesting).
Each paragraph must be a minimum of 5 sentences and a maximum of 7 sentences long. 2 paragraphs, one for each of 2 different stories, are required
Your story may be an iconic work written by an established master of the short story genre (someone like Raymond Carver that we\’re studying this unit) or something much more obscure. It can be a short work of \”flash fiction\” or a longer story of 10 or 20 pages. It can be whatever kind of story you\’re most interested in reading and writing about.
Below are several web links containing lists and free copies of short stories

10 Wonderful Short Stories to Read for Free Online (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (http://flavorwire.com/272890/10-wonderful-short-stories-to-read-for-free-online/2)

10 (More) Wonderful Short Stories to Read for Free Online (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (http://flavorwire.com/379177/10-more-wonderful-short-stories-to-read-for-free-online)

20 Great American Short Stories (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (https://americanliterature.com/twenty-great-american-short-stories)

Short Stories (from East of the Web) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.(http://www.short-stories.co.uk/)

Classic Short Stories (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (http://www.classicshorts.com/)
While I encourage you to peruse the sites below before making your own story selections, you do not have to use any of them if you already have a story(ies) in mind from some other source, online or off. They\’re meant only as optional resources to aid you in your search. If you have or will find other sources of short stories, print or online, via libraries, book stores, your own bookshelves, those are entirely acceptable sources also.

Your task here is to summarize the writing as well as the plot and themes of each story – do not just write a simple plot description of what happens (you can cover that in one or two sentences). Instead, observe and describe the writing itself and the \”piece as a whole\”: introduce the author and title and publishing date of the story and the book, collection or journal it comes from; list important characters, settings and time frames; identify major themes, symbols, and metaphors in the work; describe the speaker(s), voice(s), and the point(s) of view from which the story is told, note other significant formal elements and devices deployed in the storytelling. Give us a full picture of what this work looks like on the page.
Summary paragraphs that only retell the plot of the story will receive 0 points. You must practice moving beyond simple story retelling here and describe, in specific detail, the formal elements of the writing itself. This is not your grade school book report that I\’m asking you for. I\’m asking for a holistic, non-plot linear description of the writing, the form of the narrative, the composition of the whole work, its elements and features.
You are only here to summarize: REPORT and DESCRIBE what you\’ve read to an imagined ignorant audience who you may assume has no knowledge of these stories until you tell them. Be very careful not to insert yourself (using I or me) into the discussion, and be very careful not to give us your opinion of the writing.
Summaries must be written entirely in your own words, using well-proofread academic language. There should be no textual quotes other than titles in your summaries, and you\’ll need to make sure you\’re staying in 3rd person voice (he, she, it, the text, the author, [a person\’s name], etc.) and using present verb tense throughout your summary writing. Be careful not to insert yourself using I or me into the discussion, and be careful not to give us your opinion of the writing.
There must be no sentence level errors in your work. Proofread repeatedly, slowly and methodically

The minimum required parameters for your own story selections are these:

1. The work must be fiction (imagined stories), not non-fiction (essays, articles, memoirs, biographies, etc.).
2. The work must be story length, not a novel or novella
3. The work must have clearly identifiable elements and strategies, ones that are in line with what New Critics look for when they examine a story, that you will feel able to write about and critique