All you need for a great unit on Southern Literature! Southern Literature is full of quirks and these stories are no exception!
This bundle includes lessons for the following Southern and Southern Gothic short stories: "Sweat" (Southern) by Zora Neale Hurston, "Everyday Use" (Southern) by Alice Walker, "A Visit of Charity" (Southern Gothic) by Eudora Welty and the Southern Gothic epitome, "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner. There is loads of analysis to be done, dialogue to be had, and inferences to be made with this bundle! I am confident that you and your students will have fun with all these stories and materials!
In this bundle you will find a 29 slide EDITABLE introductory PowerPoint on Southern Literature, Southern Gothic Literature and brief author biographies. Many slides have notes on them to help you with additional information during lectures. There are guided notes for the introductory PowerPoint that also come with a teacher's answer key so in the event students are absent they can easily get the correct notes! A brief (5 question, fill in the blank) quiz on the notes is also provided.
Each story has a pre-reading assignment ("A Visit of Charity" is the only story that does not have vocabulary, but it does have a pre-read assignment), during reading guiding questions and post reading questions. There is a quiz for each story that incorporates the student vocabulary. Furthermore, there is a chart that allows students to check off (and textually support) which Southern and Southern Gothic traits they find in each story.
Answer keys are included for everything! Lives of teachers should be as simple as possible! Additionally, there is a post unit writing assignment that entails writing a Southern or Southern Gothic short story. The post reading writing assignment comes with a rubric for simplified grading. :)
This Southern Literature Bundle 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.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
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.)
Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
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.
Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
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.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
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