Southern Lit for fun

Misery Loves Company (Southern Lit)

by Deborah Wilbrink c. 2013 (BMI)

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Do You Hear These Southern Literature Allusions? 

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner, 1930

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, 1960

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote, 1966

Wise Blood – Flannery O’Conner, 1952

Clotel: or the President’s Daughter – William Wells Brown, 1853

All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren, 1946

You Can’t Go Home Again – Thomas Wolfe, 1940

Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (S. L. Clemens), 1885

Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams, 1947

Tobacco Road– Erskine Caldwell, 1932

Ode to the Confederate Dead – Allen Tate, 1928

Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Conner, 1965

Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell, 1936

Awakening – Kate Chopin, 1899

Clock without Hands – Carson McCullers, 1961


Misery Loves Company (Southern Lit) 

by Deborah Wilbrink c. 2013 (BMI)

I headed South to renew my roots, dressed in shorts and cowgirl boots

But all I found was Misery; and Misery, she loves company.

“Look-a here sister, drag up a chair…”

But the porch she set on was naked and bare

Squatted on the steps, pulled on the bottle

And out poured tales, wailing full throttle

As I Lay Dying, Their Eyes Were Watching God

To Kill a Mockingbird, In Cold, Wise Blood

President’s Daughter, All the King’s Men

You Can’t Go Home Again, Massa’ Huckleberry Finn

Streetcar Named Desire down Tobacco Road

Confederate Dead can’t hear Tate’s Ode

Everything That Rises, Gone With the Wind

Awakening, to a Clock without Hands

It took so long to hear that my heart went numb

Stuck fingers in my ears; played deaf and dumb

Thanked Miz Misery; started my way home

North to Music City where the story-singers come

I headed South to renew my roots, dressed in shorts and cowgirl boots

But all I found was Misery; and Misery, she loves company.

Paid my visit to Miz Misery; Southern Lit keeping us company

More Deborah Wilbrink Music.

The former English teacher in me can’t resist offering this for educators, students and others who are reading Southern Literature. Also see the Personal History Gift Project lesson plan for teens, mentioned in my book Time to Tell, and the Bluegrass Murder Ballads lesson, by scrolling down, down, down!

2. Family Memoir Gift Project:

Getting Acquainted with Generations Before Us 

English.  Grades 7-12

I adapted this lesson plan for grades 9-12 and you will love it, too. Family Memoir from Read/Write/Think. It accompanies the 2006 PBS special Mystery of Love, with clips on YouTube, or it may be in your library. The plan calls for nine (50 min.) sessions but I shortened it to one week. Because of a high absence rate in our high-risk school, I provided work plans for students at different stages of the project, to be done in the same class.I used it for Creative Writing, but it can be used for parenting and for English composition or speech classes as well. Depending on your class or group size, save one or two days for presenting the projects to the class. Rubrics are used for grading, so students know exactly what they’re expected to learn and produce. Students gifted their project to the relative or elderly friend when done.

Students really loved this. I heard “I never knew that about my uncle!”  and “Grandma did some amazing things, she is so strong!” It was a fun week and we all learned more about those who had “Been There Before“. You may use that link to stream the song for your class and discuss to get the project rolling. (Download at home if your school prohibits music websites.)

I also offer a two-part Family Gift Project workshop [see Events page] for teens which can be hosted by home school groups, libraries, and teen clubs.

3. Bluegrass Murder Ballads – Award Winning Lesson Plan

  English / History / Criminal Justice / Music / ESL.  Grades 9-12

This is a complex lesson plan developed for standards with five subjects. Take what you want to use, and morph my power point used to teach it. It’s great to integrate these subjects and the students loved it. They will end up creating their own ballads, learning standards from whichever subject up choose as your focus, and more.  Yes, I love bluegrass! This lesson won an annual competition by the Foundation for Bluegrass Music which has lots of free resources for teachers. Download the materials below:

BGMurderBallads Lesson Plan

Murder Ballad Lesson PPT