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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.

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Hey Angela - Love this idea. A great resource for persuasive language is Words that Sell by Richard Bayan. There is a whole section on persuading the reader. B
I suggest that you give examples to persuade students that "there is no place like home", along with the idea "the grass is not always greener on the other side".
Extend upon the idea that it is part of maturity to appreciate the importance of "family". This sounds like a great lesson for middle school students. It will be interesting to see how students will defend the protagonist's decision to return home. It seems as if this will open a terrific dialogue for discussing the importance of family ties.
I'm thinking that maybe this could begin with an activity similar to what we did last week...perhaps with a few voices that mirror a few different emoticons, maybe based on a comment that the protagonist made. Maybe begin with one emotion/voice at first.

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