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Short Story Discussion: "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor

Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Engage Adolescent English Students (grades 7-12) with Flannery O'Connor's classic short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

O'Connor's short story is a compelling read, dealing with issues related to class, race, moral hypocrisy, and violence. In the story, a woman from the American South goes on a family vacation to Florida. But not everything turns out as expected . . .

  • This resource is optimized for distance learning. The product includes an editable Google Apps link. Modify this resource for use on Google Classroom and other classroom management sites.
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Use this Digital Download for a Two-day English Language Arts Lesson

Using my tested-in-the-classroom resources, teenagers will want to discuss the explosive and ironic events of this satirical story. So I have loaded this resource with discussion questions that will get your students talking and writing! N.B. — The short story is not included in this digital download, but I provide multiple links to the story online.

Common Core Standards:

This resource aligns well with the Reading Literature standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2. Keep in mind, this lesson works well with eleventh and twelfth graders, I have used it to teach Ninth and Tenth graders — and mature seventh and eighth-graders.

This Resource Includes the Following Features:

  • 1 Teacher Lesson Guide
  • 1 Biography Non-Fiction Reading Worksheet + Questions and Research
  • 1 Set of editable Entrance and Exit Tickets (with academic choice)
  • 2 Discussion Question Sets (14 questions total)
  • 2 Suggested Answer Keys for the Discussion Questions
  • 1 Essay Writing Prompt (with a Note-taking graphic organizer)
  • 1 Further Reading List

I created this resource with high school students in mind. It is designed for a typical High School English curriculum short story unit on character and foreshadowing. You can use this resource as a stand-alone lesson or, pair it with a larger unit on American Literature and the Short Story. It also works well in a Humanities course, a Southern Literature course, a Creative Writing class, or a teen advisory lesson on racism, violence in America, and class.

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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
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.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


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