• Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find": Who's the Real Misfit?

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    Known as both a Southern and a Catholic writer, Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) wrote stories that are hard to forget. In this lesson, students will explore these dichotomies—and challenge them—while closely reading and analyzing "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

  • Knowledge or Instinct? Jack London's "To Build a Fire"

    Bound for the Klondike gold fields. Chilkoot Pass, Alaska.

    As a man and his animal companion take a less-traveled path to their Yukon camp, they step into a tale of wilderness survival and dire circumstances in this excellent example of American literary naturalism by Jack London.

  • Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat"

    A dinghy like the one being towed by this skiff figures in Stephen Crane's  gripping tale "The Open Boat."

    The harrowing adventure of four men fighting for survival after a shipwreck is chronicled by Stephen Crane in "The Open Boat."  Students learn about narration, point of view, and man's relationship to nature in this classic example of American literary naturalism.

  • Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" in Graphical Representation

    Eudora Welty.

    By rendering aspects of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" into carefully considered graphical forms, students learn to appreciate elements of characterization, setting, and plot in a manner that engages them actively in the production of meaning.