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What’s a Girl to do?  Money, Power, and Conflict in Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron”

What’s a Girl to do? Money, Power, and Conflict in Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron”

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Author: Beth Barsness
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  1. Students will define archetypes. 
  2. Students will define and identify instances of the axis mundi as it appears in multiple cultures.
  3. Students will define conflict, internal and external; and dilemma. 
  4. Students will locate instances of the axis mundi in Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron”.
  5. Students will define motif and leitmotif as a way to reinforce thematic meaning. 
  6. Students will define bildungsroman and discuss its use as a literary archetype. 
  7. Students will define and identify feminism in relationship to literature. 
  8. Students will define and identify instances of regionalism and ecology. 
  9. Students will take notes on the literary tools of archetypes, axis mundi, motif, leitmotif, bildungsroman, regionalism, ecology, and feminism. 

Students will read closely and analyze a text of American Regionalism to familiarize themselves with the politics, personalities, and conflicts of the northeast and how these relate to growing up.  For this lesson, the teacher will set up multiple stations in the class with multiple activities at each station that relate to the following questions:  Why do we like so many stories about growing up?  Archetypically speaking, how are trees, temples/pyramids, and gods related?  What principles of conservation exist within regionalist literature?  What is feminism and how can it help us understand American regionalist literature of the late 19th Century?  

Length of time needed:  2 class periods (50 minutes each)

This lesson was written by Case Unverzagt.

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Source: Case Unverzagt

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"A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett

Source: Case Unverzagt