Lesson 1 (from Shiloh)
Shiloh and Other Stories is an anthology of short stories by Bobbie Ann Mason. These sixteen stories set largely in rural western Kentucky share themes of isolation, transition, identity, communication, and the American Dream. The first story, “Shiloh,” revolves around Leroy and Norma Jean, a couple that does not know how to communicate. In this lesson, students will research author Bobbie Ann Mason and will identify and discuss the narrative style, setting, and language in “Shiloh.”
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Bobbie Ann Mason and the publication of Shiloh and Other Stories. When was the anthology published? Had any of the stories in the collection been published previously in periodicals? How was the book received by critics?
Group Assignment: Assign students to small groups of 3-4 each. As a group, discuss your impressions of “Shiloh” and collaborate in developing a project which defines, identifies...
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