by Willa Cather
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Paul is a young man who feels out of place in his Pittsburgh home and high school environment. He feels he fits better as an usher at the concert hall. When a job his father arranges for him "goes bad," Paul takes off to New York to live the life he feels he was meant to live.
1905--Cordelia Street, Pittsburgh, PA; Pittsburgh High School; Carnegie Hall; New York City
Students will number off to form groups of three. Within these groups, students will divide the nine categories on the graphic organizer to complete: imagery, tone, character, setting, plot, figurative language, diction, point of view, and theme/purpose. As we read the story together in class, each student will watch for ways to fill in his/her parts of the graphic organizer. Then, after the story, groups will convene and fill in the chart to take along. This chart will be completed by individuals as they read Joyce's Araby. A compare/contrast essay for these two stories is an essay option.