This lesson plan includes a literary analysis for Jamaica Kincaid’s short story “Girl” originally featured in the New Yorker in 1978.
“Girl” is only 687 words; while it may be a quick read, there is a lot to digest in this story. The text consists of a mother (protective and domineering) advising her daughter how to behave in a society which holds women to an incredibly demanding standard. This story highlights the ways a “young lady” should act—reflecting real experiences of women who grew up in the West Indies.
Included in this lesson plan:
- Teacher directions
- Before Reading: anticipation activity
- Literary analysis questions
- After Reading Journal Prompt: About Roles and Responsibilities
- Group Discussion Questions: Advice to others
- Answer key