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Words Aptly Spoken® Short Stories, 3rd ed

  • Words Aptly Spoken® Short Stories, 3rd ed
  • Words Aptly Spoken® Short Stories, 3rd ed
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Take a taste of great literature! 

Audience Grades 7–12; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge B. While this guide is designed to accompany the Challenge B curriculum, the stories will entice your whole family to read along.
Accessibility These stories are short enough to read aloud together in about an hour or less. The teacher’s workload is very minimal, as the guide has already done the hard part—coming up with the right questions and ideas to focus on—so you can enjoy reading and discussing along with your students.
Preparation However much you prefer. Read aloud and do no prep work, or assign the reading and read the stories on your own before discussion.
Ease of use Large margins for note-taking aid in individual reflection and study, while illustrations accompanying every story aid in comprehension.
Page Count 264
Format Paperback
Publication Date Third edition, 2014

General Description

This collection of 25 short stories includes works from some of the world’s most famous authors, including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Celestial Railroad,” a retelling of Pilgrim’s Progress by Nathanial Hawthorne, and “The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Students will revisit many of the featured authors (Dickens, London, Chesterton, Poe, Twain, and more) in later Challenge levels.

Each story, published in its entirety with illustrations, demonstrates a specific element of the writer’s craft. (New in the third edition: a section devoted to dialogue!) After studying each aspect of writing by reading a classic example, students are then provided ideas and a framework for creating their own short stories. Each story is accompanied by review questions for content and comprehension, thought questions for deeper analysis, and a brief biography of its author.