Class Agenda #74 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #73 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Opener- Whip- Name

Short Introduction- 

  • Class Overview-
    • Fiction- Literary Analysis – Focusing on Murder, Mysteries, Crime, Punishment and Justice
    • Major Texts Are Hamlet and The Watchmen. Other Short Texts too
    • Point of the class is to secure a COLLEGE READY score on your regents.
  • Some Norms
    • LAPTOP Norms
    • Blue Norm
    • Music Norm
    • Participation Norm
    • Writing Norm
    • Group Juggles on Friday Norm
    • Log Out of Your Computer Norm

#588- “Get Your Freak On,” Missy Elliot (3:31)

Part I- Setting Up-

  • Set up:
    • A Notebook- ELA Spring 2015_(YOUR NAME)
    • Subscribe to the class site if you haven’t already.
    • Follow @elsocialguy if you haven’t already
    • E-mail me your Computer #

Journal- Write long about any and all of the following topics:

  • How serious do you consider yourself as a student? Would you like to be more or less serious? What’s stopping you?
  • What would you like to get out of this class? Credit? Good Grade? Knowledge? Perspective? Skill? etc…
  • What are your strengths as a student in ELA?
  • What are you proud of from your schoolwork from last semester?
  • What are some of your goals for the upcoming semester?

Table Share

Part II- “A Good Man Is Hard To Find

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” text

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” audio

As We Read the first time- Create:

  • Annotated List of Characters as we Read

Second Reading

“A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Discussion Questions

  1. How does the grandmother’s early apprehensions about the trip to Florida foreshadow the major crisis in the story?
  1. What does the grandmother’s relationship to her family tell us about her personality?
  1. If the old woman had kept her mouth shut, not revealing that she recognized The Misfit, would the family be alive at the end of the story? Or did The Misfit intend to kill all the family members when he pulled up alongside their car?
  1. What does the grandmother say to the Misfit to try to convince him not to kill her? Does the conversation alter his viewpoints in any way?
  1. What has The Misfit’s life been like? Why was he put in jail? He says he kills for pleasure. Is there another reason?
  1. Explain the problem the Misfit has with Jesus. How is his religious conviction different from the grandmother’s?
  1. How do The Misfit’s final words illustrate his attitude toward the events of the afternoon?
  1. What is the role of chance or fate in the story?

Exit Ticket- 

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.


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