Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” for the Common Core

This Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” for the Common Core lesson plan also includes:

How do writers use the interaction between elements like characterization and setting to create meaning? Readers of "A Worn Path" create a series of comic book-style graphics of Eudora Welty's short story and reflect on how Welty uses these elements to develop her theme.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a model or save samples from year to year to provide examples of framing graphics
  • Ask class members to consider how changing a single detail of the setting or the characterization would effect the story
  • Change the setting from Christmas time to summer 
  • Change Phoenix's name 
  • Change Phoenix's age 
  • Change the title to "A Hard Road"
Classroom Considerations

  • The complete text of the short story, originally published in the February 1941 edition of The Atlantic Monthly, is readily available online.
  • Also available is a recording of the author reading the story

  • All the materials for this carefully detailed lesson are included in the resource packet

  • Some class members may be reluctant to create framing graphics; therefore, consider modeling the process or saving samples from year to year to show that the assignment is more about the framing than the artistry