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Teaching the Works of Eudora WeltyTwenty-First-Century Approaches$
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Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814531

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.001.0001

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How I Teach “Livvie” in Welty’s Home County

How I Teach “Livvie” in Welty’s Home County

(p.177) How I Teach “Livvie” in Welty’s Home County
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Alec Valentine

University Press of Mississippi

This essay describes how the author teaches “Livvie” to students a lot like Livvie: poor readers with a less than stellar education. By focusing on character, and closely reading some paragraphs in class, teacher and students discover images and, through them, symbolic and metaphorical language. The author uses guided writing (journals and paragraphs) as first steps into analyzing literature and producing an essay about it.Examining mythology and even point of view yields deeper understanding of how Welty structures “Livvie.”

Keywords:   Close reading, Reading skills, Journal writing, Guided writing, Imagery

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