• Lesson 5: Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Concluding the Novel

    Portrait of William Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten.

    In this lesson, students discuss interpretations of Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying as they examine the themes of hope and loss.

  • Lesson 1: Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Images of Faulkner and the South

    Portrait of William Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten.

    Students learn more about Faulkner's life and the culture of the South while exploring the use of multiple voices in narration.

  • Lesson 2: Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Family Voices In As I Lay Dying

    Portrait of William Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten.

    In this lesson, students explore the use of multiple voices in narration and examine the Bundren family through the subjective evidence provided by a multiplicity of characters in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

  • Lesson 3: Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Crossing the River

    Portrait of William Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten.

    In this lesson, students examine the use of multiple voices in narration while also exploring the use of symbolism.

  • Lesson 2: From Courage to Freedom: Slavery's Dehumanizing Effects

    One of Douglass's goals in his autobiography is to illustrate beyond doubt that slavery had an insidious, spirit-killing effect on the slaveholder as well as the slave.

  • Lesson 1: Understanding the Context of Modernist Poetry

    Planes, (subway) trains, automobiles and World War I

    Understanding the context of literary modernism (specifically, modernist poetry) is important for students before they analyze modernist texts themselves. To that end, this lesson enables students to explore and consider the forces that prompted such a “fundamental change” in human nature.

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

    Georgia highway picture

    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."

  • Robert Frost's "Mending Wall": A Marriage of Poetic Form and Content

    Robert Frost

    Studying Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," students explore the intricate relationship between a poem's form and its content.

  • 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.