Welcome to ENG 2DI:  What’s the Value of Stories?

Unit One: Narrative Elements and the Essay


In this unit, students review the key elements of fiction in short fiction as a springboard to the longer works in the course. They will also review the parts of an essay, practice writing each part and then produce a fully developed essay.

General Course Information:


Course Outline

Course Evaluation and Texts

Blank Log Sheet

Log Instructions                   


Diagnostic Paragraph Assignment

Unit Three: The Hero  Monomyth Cycle


Students will examine what it means to be a hero.  The class will come to learn and apply the hero archetype using the Monomyth pattern.  This pattern will be useful for examining the characters in the longer literature found later in the course.

Unit Four: Haroun and the Sea of Stories


This novel creatively poses the question, “What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?”  It centers around a young boy named Haroun whose father, a master storyteller, loses his power to fabricate stories when his wife leaves him.  The novel is about the search to find the value in stories.  It also serves as an allegory for several situations existing today.

Unit Two: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


The Shakespearean play we study this semester is A Midsummer NIght’s Dream.  This is the story of a magical love potion that affects two sets of lovers, an amateur theatrical group, and the King and Queen of the fairies on a midsummer night in an enchanted forest. It focuses on the various messages people can learn about love and obsession.

Final Exam


Students will write an exam based on a site passage of a short story.  The exam will cover a variety of skills practiced throughout the course.  Students will write short answer analysis questions as well as two connected paragraphs about an idea presented in the course.

Unit Five: Independent Novel Study


While students are studying Shakespeare in class, they will use their MSIP period to read an independent novel and prepare several assignments that reflect the skills they will have developed in class to date.

“It is a funny thing about life:  If you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it.”

W. Somerset Maugham