“Everyday Use” is a great short story to look at family dynamics and simple Southern life. It's also wonderful to use with a unit on Southern literature, or as an introduction to Lorriane Hansbury’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
In this lesson plan you will find an activating pre-reading assignment, pre-reading vocabulary, and during reading questions that help the students not only follow along with the story, but analyze it as they read. There is also a quiz and a small post-reading writing assignment.
There is an answer key for the pre-reading activity, the pre-reading vocabulary, the during reading analysis and the quiz. The final writing assignment comes with a rubric for simplified grading. :)
This lesson plan covers the following Common Core State Standards:
Key Ideas and Details
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Craft and Structure
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Keywords: Everyday Use, Alice Walker, short story, short story analysis, Southern Literature, family dynamics, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorriane Hansbury.