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Mr Josh Cauhorn / English 11 Honors 1

Unit: Modernism
Lesson: 3-Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path”
Length: ~35 mins

IDOE Standards Covered

Standard 3: READING: Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text
Students read and respond to grade-level appropriate historically or culturally significant
works of literature that reflect and enhance their study of history and social science.

11.3.5 Analyze or evaluate works of literary or cultural significance in history (American,

English, or world) that:
• reflect a variety of genres in each of the respective historical periods.
• were written by important authors in the respective major historical periods.
• reveal contrasts in major themes, styles, and trends.
• reflect or shed light on the seminal philosophical, religious, social, political, or
ethical ideas of their time.

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Examine critically the relationship of the part to the whole in short stories and
comic books or graphic novels.
1.1 Explain how their created comic strip fits into the plot of “A Worn Path”
2. Express in writing the relationship between students’ creative re-figuring of a
short story and his or her analysis of that short story.


-Prepare YouTube video of Welty’s “A Worn Path”

0-3 min // Lesson Introduction

• Today we are going to go over “A Worn Path”

○ It is key that today we analyze character, setting, and plot
○ Make sure students understand what those are.

3-8 min // Go over plot of story

• Hit the main encounters

○ Talking to herself
○ Talking to animals
○ Dogs and hunter
 flashing nickel
○ Lady tying her shoelaces
○ Frozen at the doctors office
○ Medicine for Grandson
8-20 min // Character Sketch

Ask the following questions, and sketch the characters on the board.

% What key aspects of Phoenix Jackson's physical appearance stand out for you?
% How does what she wears or carries add to your sense of her character?
% How does what she does with her body add to your sense of her character?
% What metaphors (especially visual metaphors) add to your sense of her
% What biographical information does the author provide to flesh out her portrait?
% What key aspects of setting stand out for you? What details (color, tone, and
particular props) stand out for you?
% What changes in setting strike you as important? What details in those changes
stand out for you?
% What is most vivid for you about the hunter? What stands out for you in his
appearance, dialogue, actions, and behavior?
% Which other characters seem particularly important to Phoenix's story? For each
of them, note what stands out in their appearance, dialogue, actions, and/or
% List any thoughts and quotes—from Pheonix or other characters—that seem
especially important. Explicate them.
Plot the sequence of events.


20-35 min // Plan out Comic Strip

• Have students get into groups of three or less

• Pass out Worksheet one
• Have students storyboard what they’d like to do for their portion of the plot
○ They may choose a scene, the entire plot, or parts of the plot
• Ask them to have this done by the end of the period

Materials Needed

Worksheet 1
YouTube Video

Formative Assessment

I will walk around and ensure students are grasping the concepts. The final Comic Strip
will ensure comprehension of the story.

Learning Styles
Mr Josh Cauhorn / English 11 Honors 3

• visual/spatial (Comic Art)

• verbal/linguistic (discussion)
• interpersonal (discussion)


None, as these are advanced students.