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A Rose for Emily eNotes Teaching Guide

by eNotes

  • Release Date: November 07, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, and Grade 9
  • Pages: 11
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So you’re going to teach William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily.” Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, this short story has been a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has its challenging spots, such as a first-person plural narrator and a nonlinear plot, teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying “A Rose for Emily” will give them unique insight into Faulkner’s work, Southern gothic literature, and important themes surrounding the functions of culture and the complex legacies of American history. This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching.


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

The main components of each guide include the following:

  • An overview of the text and its key components
  • Teaching approaches and discussion questions
  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.

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