Everything you need to understand or teach What I Have Been Doing Lately by Jamaica Kincaid.
"What I Have Been Doing Lately" is an elliptical, almost surreal narrative that begins with the words, "What I have been doing lately," and proceeds to depict, in list-like form, a series of actions engaged in by the unidentified and nameless narrator. The narrator, summoned from bed by a ringing doorbell, opens the door to find no one there. After stepping outside and looking north and south, the narrator walks north, seeing the planet Venus in the sky, a monkey in a leafless tree, and finally an impassable body of water. After years pass, the narrator boards a boat, crosses the body of water, and continues along a straight path through a pasture, observing a dog and then a goat that each "looked the other way when it saw me coming." When the narrator turns to look at the path behind her, everything has changed: it has become hilly and... View more of the What I Have Been Doing Lately Summary