We've been trying to read short stories from different genres. My group and I picked out humor and fantasy. Basically we have to end up comparing the pieces of the same genre to one another, and then we have to write an essay on it. There was this chart that we had to fill out to help us connect the evidence to our claim, and how to talk about the possible outcome or result of this story.
The guiding question that my group made was "Why does irony play an important role within the stories, and what makes it so important".
We came up with a claim to that question which stated that "Irony is important to the story because adding it to a more serious situation creates comedic relief and instead of being dark and brooding, the author sets a better, and brighter mood".
I ended up reading a short story called, "The Drunkard" by Frank O'Connor. It takes place at a funeral in which a son, his father, and mother attend. The dad is an alcoholic and was planning on getting wasted at the funeral. However, his young son is still thirsty after drinking his lemonade, and ends up getting drunk because he drank his dad's beer wanting to see what it was.
That's going really well for us and I think our group is doing a pretty good job so far, but sometimes it can be easy to get distracted so I'm usually the one that has to get us back on topic.
We also had a really cool guest speaker from Australia come this week. It was super nice to meet him and I'm really happy that we gave each of us a copy of one of his sci-fi books because I'm into sci-fi and I thought it would be cool to read some of his work.