Objective: Faulkner opens the novel with the pregnant Lena walking a dusty road in search of the man she loves. This is the first of several metaphors for people traveling roads to find their purpose in life. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the ways people can find their authentic lives.
1. Divide the class into groups of three or four and discuss their goals today. Are these different from what they wanted a year ago? Two years ago? Have the students discuss whether or not something as important as life goals are ever really completed. Or are real goals always evolving as people and circumstances change? Have the students prepare a five-minute presentation to the class on their perspectives.
2. Have the students write a 500-word paper on their goals today. Are the goals things that they determined on their own or are they following advice...
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