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  1. A Worn Path Lesson 2

  2. I Can…

  3. Word Wall • Now that you’ve read the story, you should be able to group the words in more specific ways. • Can anyone think of more specific categories? • HINT: Think about how these words relate to “A Worn Path.”

  4. Motifs • What we have done by reorganizing the cards is identify patterns in diction. • Patterns in diction that recur are called motifs.

  5. Color Groups—Let’s find some MOTIFS in “A Worn Path!” • DIRECTONS—Look at each event you identified. Look for patterns in the language Welty uses to describe that event to identify a MOTIF. • Guiding Question: • What words, phrases, images, ideas, objects, events repeat or are emphasized throughout the story?

  6. Let’s find some MOTIFS in “A Worn Path!” • DIRECTONS—Look at each event you identified. Look for patterns in the language Welty uses to describe that event to identify a MOTIF. • Guiding Question: • What words, phrases, images, ideas, objects, events repeat or are emphasized throughout the story?

  7. Interpretive Commentary Guiding Questions • What is this story about on a literal level? How is Phoenix's trip into the city representative of journeys in the wider human experience? • Consider Phoenix’s name. What is the significance of her name to a theme of the story? • What motivates Phoenix’s journey into the paved city? How does this motivation give her journey meaning? • How do Phoenix’s reactions to the trials on her journey reveal a central idea or theme of the story? • Consider the title of the story. What does the description of the path as “worn” convey about Phoenix’s journey, both literally and allegorically? • NOTE: You may not be able to answer ALL these questions with your current level of understanding for the narrative. That’s is OKAY! No worries! Find the questions you CAN answer and work from that point forward!  

  8. Interpretive Commentary Guiding Questions • What is this story about on a literal level? How is Phoenix's trip into the city representative of journeys in the wider human experience? • Consider Phoenix’s name. What is the significance of her name to a theme of the story? • What motivates Phoenix’s journey into the paved city? How does this motivation give her journey meaning? • How do Phoenix’s reactions to the trials on her journey reveal a central idea or theme of the story? • Consider the title of the story. What does the description of the path as “worn” convey about Phoenix’s journey, both literally and allegorically? • NOTE: You may not be able to answer ALL these questions with your current level of understanding for the narrative. That’s is OKAY! No worries! Find the questions you CAN answer and work from that point forward!  

  9. So how do we arrive at a THEME? • First and foremost, themes and motifs are NOT the same thing! • Themes… • should be expressed using declarative sentences. • should be universal. • The thematic statement should be able to apply to another text and to students’ own lives. • should not be bound by time period, genre, culture, etc. • should reveal truths about human nature. • Example: • Motif—Love • Theme—Love never fails.

  10. In the journal section of your binder… • Write a CCC paragraph explaining how Welty uses motifs to develop a theme in “A Worn Path.” • Vivid Verb Suggestion • communicate • illuminate • disclose • express • reveal • illustrate • exemplify • Once you finish your topic sentence (CLAIM), look for evidence to back it up (CITE), and the CLARIFY the connection between the evidence and your claim!