Each of the following lessons is geared to a specific skill category and Common Core standard. It includes a step-by-step guide to teaching the lesson as well as handouts, assessments, modification, and enrichment activities. The lessons follow accompany the short story of A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. Table of Contents: 1. Diction and Detail 2. Writing Miss Emily’s Obituary 3. Connotation – How Diction Reflects Attitude 4. Investigating the Disappearance of Homer Baron 5. Gothic Architecture 6. Elements of Gothic Literature 7. Who is the Narrator? 8. Writing Correspondence 9. Faulkner’s Use of Semicolons 10. What is the Difference between Commas, Parentheses, and Dashes?
“A Rose for Emily” is set in Jefferson, Mississippi, the fictional small town that figures in much of Faulkner’s work; the time period is a generation or two after the Civil War. In Part I of the story, Faulkner introduces the town itself. What is your first impression of Jefferson? How would you describe it? The story is told by a first-person narrator who is not identified. (Let’s assume the narrator is a man.) What can you deduce about the narrator based on what he has to say? Do you think he will be a reliable narrator? Why or why not?