English Language Arts Grade 11-12
Reading: Literature Standard 9
Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find": Who's the Real Misfit?
In this lesson, students will explore these dichotomies - and challenge them - while closely reading and analyzing "Good Man is Hard to Find." In the course of studying this particular O'Connor short story, students will learn as well about the 1950s South, including the evolution of transportation in the U.S., fueled by the popularity of the family car and the development of the U.S. highway system; the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that helped divide the "Old South" from the "New South"; and the literary genre known as the "Southern Gothic," or "Southern Grotesque."
Lesson Starter: Write a Proposal
Students collaboratively write a proposal to help solve a community problem in innovative ways.
Online Gallery: Turning the Pages
A collection of classics and historical materials rendered in digital form, complete with original art, handwriting, and typeface.
Tales of the Supernatural
Monsters have haunted the literary imagination from earliest times (e.g., the Cyclops, Grendel, etc.), but a particular interest in horror and the Gothic form dates back to the 18th and early 19th century. The goals of this plan are to explore the origins and development of a literary genre; to investigate how shared imaginative concerns link the members of a literary period; to examine the evolution of a literary tradition; to compare works of literature from different eras.
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