The plot of “The Flowers” by Alice Walker is simple but gruesome. Myop, the child of Black sharecroppers, goes for a walk in the forest, gathers flowers, accidentally steps on an old skull, and finds the remains of a lynched man. This SUPER short story is less than 600 words, but it’s packed with numerous literary devices and an important message.
Included in this resource:
- Teacher Guide and Answer Keys (PDF)
- Before Reading Journal Prompt (both PDF and word doc)
- Reading Comprehension Questions (both PDF and word doc)
- Literary Analysis Graphic Organizer (both PDF and word doc) Focuses on: point of view, foreshadowing, imagery, figurative language, theme, symbolism, plot structure, diction, and historical context
- Constructed Response with a focus on Juxtaposition and Theme (both PDF and word doc)
- After Reading Activity with personal connection (both PDF and word doc)
I include Word documents (editable) and PDFs (ready to print) so teachers have the option to modify this lesson.
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