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As I Lay Dying

"Shmoop was a fish."

William Faulkner was tweeting before tweeting was even a thing. Don't believe us? Check out Chapter 19 of As I Lay Dying:

@addiebundren my mother is a fish #modernism

Okay, we might have added the @ and the hashtag, but Faulkner took care of the rest. As I Lay Dying chronicles the Bundren family’s quest to bury their mother, via brief sections, each one narrated by one of 15 different characters.

In this course, you'll follow the family along their journey:

  • You'll dig into Faulkner's fast-paced, experimental style through interactive reading activities.
  • You'll complete projects and assignments to help you situate As I Lay Dying in its literary and historical context.
  • You'll tackle Common Core-aligned activities, designed to get you thinking more critically about all that literary modernism has to offer.

Course Breakdown

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Unit 1. As I Lay Dying

In this short course, you'll journey through the South with the Bundren family—a bunch of ne'er-do-wells—and conquer one of the most important novels of the 20th century.


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  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • English
    • Literature

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