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Class Agenda #80 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #80- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find V

Opener-

“She would of been a good woman,” The Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”

Journal- Analyze the opening quote from – The Missfit

  1. Put the Quote into your own words
  2. Declare if you agree or disagree with the quotation
  3. Explain how it is relevant to the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
  4. MONEY QUESTION- How does this quote relate to the title, “A Good Man is Hard to Find?”

#5- “Chandelier” Sia (3:45)

Part I-  SLT-I can analyze important quotations. 

  • Part II- Motifs and themes

SLT- I can identify major themes and motifs in literature.

  • Part III- “A Good Man Is Hard To Find

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” text

Answer the following in complete Paragraphs in your notebook.

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- What are some of the important themes in this text?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.

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Class Agenda #79 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #79- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find V

Opener- 

All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.

Flannery O’Connor

#105- “Stay With Me” Sam Smith (3:45)

Part I-  SLT-I can analyze important quotations. 

Journal- Analyze the opening quote from – Flannery O’Conner:

  1. Put the Quote into your own words
  2. Declare if you agree or disagree with the quotation
  3. Explain how it is relevant to the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
  • Part II- Motifs and themes

SLT- I can identify major themes and motifs in literature.

  • Yesterday we talked about Motifs.
  • Today let’s look at “Theme”
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H6GCe7hmmA
  • To Do:
    • In your notebook, take down any important notes
    • Let’s do some of the following exercises along with the video

       

  • Part III- “A Good Man Is Hard To Find

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” text

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” audio (IMPROVED!!) –

As We Read the first time- Create:

  • Annotated List of Characters as we Read
    • Grandmother- Family matriarch. Has strong opinions and a heightened sense of fashion. Racist and classist individual. No one in the family seems to like her.
    • Bailey- The grandmother’s son. Seems to be bullied by grandmother
    • The Missfit- A villainous character lurking in the background.
    • Mother- unassuming character, juxtaposing grandmother.
    • June Star- Young child
    • John Weasly- Young child
    • Red Sammy-

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- What are some of the important themes in this text?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.

Class Agenda #78 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #78- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find V

Opener- 

Look Out for Re-occurring Images, Phrases, or Bit Characters

Poetry isn’t the only place to find verbal imagery and symbolism. If you find yourself asking “Haven’t I seen this before?” then you may have discovered an important motif.

Motif-a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.

#355- “Mr. Blue Sky” Electric Light Orchestra (3:45)

Part I-  SLT-I can identify evidence to analyze the text and draw inferences. (R1)

Journal- Based on the the following selection from “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” By Flannery O’Conner:

  1. What possible themes or motifs does Red Sammy reveal in “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”?
  2. Use textual evidence to support your claim.
  3. Analyze how your quote supports your claim.
  • READING-
  • Red Sam came in and told his wife to quit lounging on the counter and hurry up with these people’s order. His khaki trousers reached just to his hip bones and his stomach hung over them like a sack of meal swaying under his shirt. He came over and sat down at a table nearby and let out a combination sigh and yodel. “You can’t win,” he said. “You can’t win,” and he wiped his sweating red face off with a gray handkerchief. “These days you don’t know who to trust,” he said. “Ain’t that the truth?”“People are certainly not nice like they used to be,” said the grandmother.

    “Two fellers come in here last week,” Red Sammy said, “driving a Chrysler. It was a old beat-up car but it was a good one and these boys looked all right to me. Said they worked at the mill and you know I let them fellers charge the gas they bought? Now why did I do that?”

    “Because you’re a good man!” the grandmother said at once.

    “Yes’m, I suppose so,” Red Sam said as if he were struck with this answer.

    His wife brought the orders, carrying the five plates all at once without a tray, two in each hand and one balanced on her arm. “It isn’t a soul in this green world of God’s that you can trust,” she said. “And I don’t count nobody out of that, not nobody,” she repeated, looking at Red Sammy.

    “Did you read about that criminal, The Misfit, that’s escaped?” asked the grandmother.

    “I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he didn’t attack this place right here,” said the woman. “If he hears about it being here, I wouldn’t be none surprised to see him. If he hears it’s two cent in the cash register, I wouldn’t be a tall surprised if he . . .”

    “That’ll do,” Red Sam said. “Go bring these people their Co’-Colas,” and the woman went off to get the rest of the order.

    “A good man is hard to find,” Red Sammy said. “Everything is getting terrible. I remember the day you could go off and leave your screen door unlatched. Not no more.”

    He and the grandmother discussed better times. The old lady said that in her opinion Europe was entirely to blame for the way things were now. She said the way Europe acted you would think we were made of money and Red Sam said it was no use talking about it, she was exactly right. The children ran outside into the white sunlight and looked at the monkey in the lacy chinaberry tree. He was busy catching fleas on himself and biting each one carefully between his teeth as if it were a delicacy.

    Part II- Motifs and themes

SLT- I can identify major themes and motifs in literature.

  • To identify a motif, you might need to ask yourself, “where have I seen this before?”
  • And then, ask yourself, what does it mean?

Look back at Red Sammy’s Passage-

  • “A good man is hard to find,” Red Sammy said. “Everything is getting terrible. I remember the day you could go off and leave your screen door unlatched. Not no more.”

    Now Look at the Grandmother-


  • “In my time,” said the grandmother, folding her thin veined fingers, “children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else.

     

  • What are the similarities between the two?
  • What motif is possibly being revealed?
  • Therefor you can say what about the author’s purpose for creating Red Sammy?
    • How does his character differ from The  Grandmother?
  • Part III- “A Good Man Is Hard To Find

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” text

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” audio (IMPROVED!!) –

As We Read the first time- Create:

  • Annotated List of Characters as we Read
    • Grandmother- Family matriarch. Has strong opinions and a heightened sense of fashion. Racist and clasist indivudal. No one in the family seems to like her.
    • Bailey- The grandmother’s son. Seems to be bullied by grandmother
    • The Missfit- A villianous character lurking in the background.
    • Mother- unassuming character, juxtaposing grandmother.
    • June Star- Young child
    • John Weasly- Young child
    • Red Sammy-

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- What are some of the important themes in this text?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.

Class Agenda #77 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #77- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find IV

Opener- 

Listen to Characters

When characters in novels speak or ponder at length, it’s time to pay attention. Like soliloquies in drama, a lengthy speech or inner monologue can give you insight into the character’s motives, an idea of his or her world view, and even a clue to central themes in the work.

#590- “Gossip Folks” Missy Elliot Ft Ludicrous (3:45)

Part I-  SLT-I can identify evidence to analyze the text and draw inferences. (R1)

Journal- Based on the the following selection from “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” By Flannery O’Conner:

  1. What does the passage reveal about the grandmother’s value system?
  2. Use textual evidence to support your claim.
  3. Analyze how your quote supports your claim.
  • READING-
  • When the children finished all the comic books they had brought, they opened the lunch and ate it. The grandmother ate a peanut butter sandwich and an olive and would not let the children throw the box and the paper napkins out the window. When there was nothing else to do they played a game by choosing a cloud and making the other two guess what shape it suggested. John Wesley took one the shape of a cow and June Star guessed a cow and John Wesley said, no, an automobile, and June Star said he didn’t play fair, and they began to slap each other over the grandmother.The grandmother said she would tell them a story if they would keep quiet. When she told a story, she rolled her eyes and waved her head and was very dramatic. She said once when she was a maiden lady she had been courted by a Mr. Edgar Atkins Teagarden from Jasper, Georgia. She said he was a very good-looking man and a gentleman and that he brought her a watermelon every Saturday afternoon with his initials cut in it, E. A. T. Well, one Saturday, she said, Mr. Teagarden brought the watermelon and there was nobody at home and he left it on the front porch and returned in his buggy to Jasper, but she never got the watermelon, she said, because a nigger boy ate it when he saw the initials, E. A. T. ! This story tickled John Wesley’s funny bone and he giggled and giggled but June Star didn’t think it was any good. She said she wouldn’t marry a man that just brought her a watermelon on Saturday. The grandmother said she would have done well to marry Mr. Teagarden because he was a gentle man and had bought Coca-Cola stock when it first came out and that he had died only a few years ago, a very wealthy man.

    Table Share. Intern and B circulate.

Part II- Author’s Purpose 

SLT- I can evaluate the nuances of authors purpose in a story.

It’s to entertain or inform, right?

  • Not quite… It can be more nuanced than that. Let’s look at the following passageL:
  • “In my time,” said the grandmother, folding her thin veined fingers, “children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did right then. Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!” she said and pointed to a Negro child standing in the door of a shack. “Wouldn’t that make a picture, now?” she asked and they all turned and looked at the little Negro out of the back window. He waved

    “He didn’t have any britches on,” June Star said.

    “He probably didn’t have any,” the grandmother explained. “Little riggers in the country don’t have things like we do. If I could paint, I’d paint that picture,” she said.

  • The children exchanged comic books.

     

  • We can conclude from this paragraph that the Grandmother is racist, and that the kids don’t care for her. 

What is the author’s purpose for creating this character then? You have to do some detective work. Ask yourself:

  • What do we know about the grandmother?
  • Is this entertaining or informative?
  • Is the author trying teach me something?
  • Why does the author want me to see things this way?

CFU- what are some possible reasons that Flannery O’Conner would create this grandmother?

  • Part III- “A Good Man Is Hard To Find

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” text

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” audio (IMPROVED!!) –

As We Read the first time- Create:

  • Annotated List of Characters as we Read
    • Grandmother- Family matriarch. Has strong opinions and a heightened sense of fashion. Racist and clasist indivudal. No one in the family seems to like her.
    • Bailey- The grandmother’s son. Seems to be bullied by grandmother
    • The Missfit- A villianous character lurking in the background.
    • Mother- unassuming character, juxtaposing grandmother.
    • June Star- Young child
    • John Weasly- Young child

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- What are some of the important themes in this text?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.

Class Agenda #76 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #76- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find III

Opener- 

Listen to Characters

When characters in novels speak or ponder at length, it’s time to pay attention. Like soliloquies in drama, a lengthy speech or inner monologue can give you insight into the character’s motives, an idea of his or her world view, and even a clue to central themes in the work.

#589- “Lose Control” Missy Elliot (4:17)

Part I-  SLT-I can identify evidence to analyze the text and draw inferences. (R1)

Journal- Based on the the following selection from “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” By Flannery O’Conner:

  1. What does the passage reveal about the relationship between the Grandmother and her family? The family dynamic.
  2. Use textual evidence to support your claim.
  3. Analyze how your quote supports your claim.
  • READING-
  • The children’s mother didn’t seem to hear her but the eight-year-old boy, John Wesley, a stocky child with glasses, said, “If you don’t want to go to Florida, why dontcha stay at home?” He and the little girl, June Star, were reading the funny papers on the floor.“She wouldn’t stay at home to be queen for a day,” June Star said without raising her yellow head.

    “Yes and what would you do if this fellow, The Misfit, caught you?” the grandmother asked.

    “I’d smack his face,” John Wesley said.

    “She wouldn’t stay at home for a million bucks,” June Star said. “Afraid she’d miss something. She has to go everywhere we go.”

    “All right, Miss,” the grandmother said. “Just re- member that the next time you want me to curl your hair.”

    June Star said her hair was naturally curly.

Table Share. Intern and B circulate.

Part II- Close Reading a Text

  • You have to notice things and ask questions. Think of yourself as a detective looking for the hidden meanings and nuances of texts.
  • Let’s look back at our example.
  1. Think Pair Share- Read the following passage.
  2. THINK- Analyze the relationship between the grandmother and her grand kids.
  3. Partner 1- Share the nature of their relationship.
  4. Partner 2- take notes, say back to partner 1 what they said. Ask 1 followup Question. Looking at our Anchor Chart.

 

“Let’s go through Georgia fast so we won’t have to look at it much,” John Wesley said.

“If I were a little boy,” said the grandmother, “I wouldn’t talk about my native state that way. Tennessee has the mountains and Georgia has the hills.”

“Tennessee is just a hillbilly dumping ground,” John Wesley said, “and Georgia is a lousy state too.”

“You said it,” June Star said.

“In my time,” said the grandmother, folding her thin veined fingers, “children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did right then. Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!” she said and pointed to a Negro child standing in the door of a shack. “Wouldn’t that make a picture, now?” she asked and they all turned and looked at the little Negro out of the back window. He waved

“He didn’t have any britches on,” June Star said.

“He probably didn’t have any,” the grandmother explained. “Little riggers in the country don’t have things like we do. If I could paint, I’d paint that picture,” she said.

The children exchanged comic books.

Part III- “A Good Man Is Hard To Find

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” text

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” audio (IMPROVED!!)

As We Read the first time- Create:

  • Annotated List of Characters as we Read
    • Grandmother- Family matriarch. Has strong opinions and a heightened sense of fashion.
    • Bailey- The grandmother’s son. Seems to be bullied by grandmother
    • The Missfit- A villianous character lurking in the background.
    • Mother- unassuming character, juxtaposing grandmother.
    • June Star- Young child
    • John Weasly- Young child

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- What are some of the important themes in this text?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.

Class Agenda #75 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #75- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find II

Opener- Explain The Writing

#589- “Work It” Missy Elliot (3:31)

Part I-  SLT-I can identify evidence to analyze the text and draw inferences. (R1)

Journal- Based on the opening paragraph, of “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” By Flannery O’Conner:

  1. Identify a literary device the author is using in this opening paragraph.
  2. Use textual evidence to support your claim.
  3. Analyze how your quote supports your claim.
  • The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennes- see and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table, bent over the orange sports section of the Journal. “Now look here, Bailey,” she said, “see here, read this,” and she stood with one hand on her thin hip and the other rattling the newspaper at his bald head. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it. I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.”

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Part II- Looking at a story or novel-

CFU- what’s the most important point this page wants you to get?

Review Together-

Part III- “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- What are some of the important themes in this text?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.

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.