Title of Short Story: Louisa Please Come Home
Author: Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson (1919-1965) is known for creative written works with shocking endings. "Louisa, Please Come Home" is no different. This short story is told from Louisa's point of view; the story begins with 19 year old Louisa feeling frustrated and overlooked, leaving home the day before her sister's wedding. Louisa moves to a new town, taking up a fabricated identity. Louisa's independence from her family provides her with an eerie sense of happieness. However, when Louisa decides to return home things don't go as planned. Louisa struggles to appreciate her family however, in the end she lost her neglected relatives.
Lesson: Defending Vs. Challenging the Protagonist (Read 180)
Students will write a paper (paper length and expectations will be individualized/modified) defending or challenging the protagonist's decision to return home.
Students will use the following guidelines:
1) Make a list of strongly persuasive language
2) List pro's and con's of the protagonist's decision to return home
3) Confirm that whether the protagonist's decision should be defended or challenged by using supporting evidence from the text.
4) Clearly state an opinion defending or challenging the protagonist's decision
5) Provide details, background, and facts in a logically organized paper.